Joe Rogan responds to Spotify controversy — Analysis
The comic mentioned individuals had “distorted notion” of what he did, however agreed to make some modifications to his tremendous in style podcast
Joe Rogan has responded to calls to take away his podcast from Spotify, saying that he by no means goals to misinform the general public, however solely needs to have “fascinating conversations” with completely different opinions represented.
“I believe there’s lots of people which have a distorted notion of what I do possibly based mostly on sound bites or based mostly on headlines of articles which can be disparaging,” Rogan mentioned in a 10-minute monologue, uploaded on Instagram on Sunday.
He disagreed with the declare made by his critics that he was “spreading harmful misinformation” by way of his tremendous in style The Joe Rogan Expertise podcast. “I’m not attempting to do misinformation; I’m not attempting to be controversial,” he insisted.
The host, who has been getting essentially the most warmth over his present’s latest episodes on Covid-19 that includes Dr. Peter McCullough and Dr. Robert Malone, has defended his selection of company.
“These persons are very extremely credentialed, very clever, very completed individuals, and so they have an opinion that’s completely different from the mainstream narrative. I wished to listen to what their opinion is. I had them on,” he defined.
“I have no idea in the event that they’re proper. I don’t know as a result of I’m not a health care provider. I’m not a scientist. I’m only a one who sits down and talks to individuals,” Rogan added.
The podcaster reminded that he additionally invited specialists with reverse views on the pandemic, together with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Michael Osterholm, who’s on President Biden’s Covid-19 advisory board. “I’m not all for solely speaking to folks that have one perspective,” he mentioned.
The 54-year-old went on to say that he had a “drawback” with the very time period ‘misinformation’ as a result of “lots of the issues that we regarded as misinformation simply a short time in the past at the moment are accepted as details.”
Amongst another examples, he identified that: “Eight months in the past, for those who mentioned, ‘for those who get vaccinated, you’ll be able to nonetheless catch Covid and you’ll nonetheless unfold Covid.’ You would be faraway from social media. They might, they might ban you from sure platforms. Now that is accepted as reality.”
Nevertheless, Rogan acknowledged that his personal opinions might typically change into “not essentially the most flashed out” as they’re being made throughout a prolonged real-time dialog. “Do I get issues improper? Completely. I get issues improper, however I attempt to appropriate them each time I get one thing improper. I attempt to appropriate it as a result of I am all for telling the reality.”
Additionally on Sunday, Spotify introduced that it’s going to be including a “content material advisory” to any podcast episodes that deal with Covid-19, directing customers to “trusted sources” on the pandemic, together with information from the federal government and well being specialists.
The comic, who has a $100-million take care of the streaming service, mentioned that he was completely on board with the concept: “Certain. Have that on there. I’m very proud of that.”
One other enchancment that he might do himself could be to “have extra specialists with completely different opinions proper after… the controversial ones” with a purpose to stability out the knowledge on the podcast – not solely on the coronavirus, however all different points, he identified. “I do all of the scheduling myself and I don’t all the time get it proper.”
Addressing the long-lasting musicians Neil Younger and Joni Mitchell, who introduced they need their music faraway from Spotify final week in protest towards his podcast, Rogan mentioned: “I’m very sorry that they really feel that manner. I most actually don’t need that. I’m a Neil Younger fan.”
He additionally thanked Spotify for supporting him amid the controversy and concluded by telling the viewers: “If I pissed you off – I’m sorry. If you happen to benefit from the podcast – thanks.”