The hugely popular US broadcaster Joe Rogan echoes his comment that young, healthy people may refuse the coronavirus vaccine.
“I am not an antidote,” Rogan said. “I believe they are safe, they encourage many to take them.”
But Rogan did not back down from his suggestion that young and healthy people “do not need” vaccines, which was echoed by White House officials.
Experts say anyone over the age of 16 should be vaccinated to stop the virus from spreading.
Joe Rogan Experience was Spotify’s most popular podcast of 2020: The streaming giant does not share the number of downloads of its episodes. Rogan has more than seven million followers on Twitter and 12.5 million followers on Instagram.
His podcast was acquired by Spotify last year for more than $ 100 million (միլիոն 77 million).
Asked about Rogan’s comments, Dr. Anthony Fausi, the top US infectious disease expert, echoed the advice of experts that unvaccinated, asymptomatic people can still transmit Covid-19.
“Even if you do not have any symptoms, you are spreading the outbreak,” said Dr. Faucin.
Rogan commented on the April 23 episode of his podcast, which was first reported by Media Matters this week.
In that episode, Rogan told the audience that he would not offer a vaccine to a healthy 21-year-old. “If you are a healthy person, you are constantly exercising, you are young, you are eating well … I think you should not worry about this.”
Responding to criticism of his podcast on Thursday, Rogan said the argument that young people need the vaccine “for other people” makes sense.
“But that is another argument,” he added.
And Rogan stressed that he should not be a source of scientific advice. “I am not a doctor,” he said. “I am not a respected source of information, even for myself.”
The media mogul who has become a TV presenter regularly condemns controversy on the air for his dull, sometimes inflammatory style. He is accused of making sexist, racist and transphobic comments on his podcast. Rogan denied the allegations, saying his comments were out of context.
Risk against freedom of speech
Eo Rogan is a huge draw for Spotify, as much as his show was actually mentioned in Spotify’s quarterly earnings call. The company says Rogan’s podcast was “higher than expected.”
Spotify wants to be where you go for podcasts, և The Joe Rogan Experience is at the heart of that strategy. You can replace Joe Rogan, but stay tuned for more podcasts. Spotify notes that after the epidemic hits, there is a “strong increase” in the number of podcasts.
However, wrapping yourself around a controversial figure like Rogan has its dangers, this saga depicts that risk.
When signing the deal with Spotify, Rogan said he would have editorial control. Spotify has publicly supported the podcaster.
But of course Spotify can pull podcasts.
As always, Big Tech says it tries to balance two things. The risk to society for freedom of speech.
However, there is always a third factor. Money
When the face of your podcast bid says something that U.S. politicians, the White House և medical experts consider dangerous, it’s not very good for the Spotify brand.
For now, it seems that Spotify is ready to support the podcaster, և Rogan hopes that his resignation will be a problem.
Rogan is not the only US public figure to be accused of commenting on vaccines.
Incumbent Vice President Kamala Harris said during her campaign last year that she would not trust any vaccine approved by the Trump administration. Mike Pence, then vice president of the United States, accused him of “playing politics with people’s lives.”
Mr. Trump later authorized two images of the coronavirus, Pfizer և Moderna. Ms. Harris received a Moderna blow after the election, saying she was safe at the time.
Last year, Rogan and Spotify were criticized by conspiracy theorist Alex His Ones for appearing in his play.
The streaming giant has so far stood by its stellar host, praising Rogan’s podcast in its first-quarter profit report this week. Spotify did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“We have 8 million creators, hundreds of millions of content,” Daniel Eck, CEO of Spotify, told Bloomberg News. “We have a content policy, we remove the parts that violate it.”
The United States և World Health Organization has found that Covid-19 vaccines are safe և effective in preventing infection և safety checks continue around the world.
Experts warn that misinformation contributes to the ambiguity of vaccines.
Nearly 100 million people in the United States have been completely vaccinated. This week, President Biden called on all Americans to strike, calling it a “patriotic duty.”