Joe Rogan says he’ll quit podcasting if he has to “walk on eggshells.”

Joe Rogan has said he would rather give up podcasting altogether than censor himself to control the release of content on streaming platforms.

Neil Young’s boycott of Spotify, Rogan’s sole distributor The Joe Rogan Experiencesparked a wider discussion about the audio streaming company’s responsibility for managing misinformation on its platform.

On December 31, 2021, over 250 physicians and scientists had pointed out in an open letter to Spotify that Rogan’s podcast “has a worrying history of spreading misinformation, particularly regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.”

As a result, Young Spotify issued an ultimatum, demanding the Swedish company delete all of its music over its lucrative $100 million exclusive deal for Rogan’s content.

Young’s music is no longer available on Spotify since the audio streamer refused to end its collaboration with Rogan and other musicians, including Joni Mitchell, joined Young in his call for streaming safety standards.

In conversation with the guest on Tuesday evening (March 29). The Joe Rogan Experience, Mixed martial artist Josh Barnett, Rogan addressed the backlash against his podcast over misinformation about Covid-19.

Alongside controversial guests who have spread unscientific claims about the disease, such as virologist Dr. Robert Malone, Rogan has promoted the antiparasitic drug Ivermectin as a cure for Covid.

Ivermectin, a veterinary drug, is used to treat human conditions like parasitic worms, head lice, and rosacea, according to the US Food and Drug Association (FDA).

A study of hundreds of Covid-19 patients has found that ivermectin, often touted by vaccine skeptics as an alternative treatment for the disease, actually offers no infection versus hospitalization in those infected.


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Singer Neil Young has boycotted Spotify over his association with Rogan

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After Barnett said it didn’t look like Rogan had been deterred by criticism of rampant misinformation, the controversial podcast host replied, “If I become something else because [the podcast] gotten bigger, I’m quitting.”

He added, “When it gets to the point where I can’t do it anymore, where I have to do it in a weird way, where I walk on eggshells and watch my Ps and Qs… fuck it.”

At least 11 million people listen to every episode of The JREwhile Rogan in 2019 claimed his show received 190 million downloads per month.

The median age of Rogan’s listeners is 24 — individuals “who mistakenly believe they are insensitive to the harmful and potentially long-term consequences of this disease,” said Eden Maness, a psychiatry research fellow at Harvard Medical School The Independent.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/joe-rogan-quit-podcasting-covid-b2047874.html Joe Rogan says he’ll quit podcasting if he has to “walk on eggshells.”


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