As Spotify faces calls to deplatform Joe Rogan over his alleged Covid misinformation, numerous huge identify celebrities have voiced their assist for the podcast host, together with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin James, Jewel, Jamie Kennedy, Tulsi Gabbard, Troy Aikman, Kat Von D, Dominic Monaghan, Candace Owens, Jillian Michaels, Tomi Lahren, and Andrew Cube Clay amongst others.
After Neil Younger and Joni Mitchell determined to drag their music off the Spotify platform over what they claimed was “pretend details about vaccines” offered on Rogan’s podcast, the host posted an Instagram video the place he defined his place and apologized to anybody he might need “pissed off.” Rogan maintained that he enjoys “fascinating conversations with those that have differing opinions,” however admitted that he doesn’t “all the time get it proper” and promised to do higher sooner or later.
Rogan’s video was nicely obtained by his followers and garnered a variety of responses together with from the likes of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who wrote “Nice stuff right here brother. Completely articulated. Sit up for approaching someday and breaking out the tequila with you.”
Comic Kevin James additionally replied within the feedback underneath the video, saying “Joe – we go manner again and all these years I’ve identified you to be nothing however goal and searching for fact. Thanks. Love you brother.”
Some politicians have additionally thrown their assist behind the podcaster, together with former presidential candidates Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson. Gabbard, who has appeared on Rogan’s podcast a number of instances, publicly referred to as out “zealots of wokeism” for attempting to censor somebody they don’t agree with, whereas Williamson in contrast banning a podcast to guide burning.
I get the sensation some individuals are utilizing @joerogan‘s COVID interview as a pretext to silence his voice as a result of he isn’t woke. Zealots of wokeism attempt to censor voices who do not agree with theirs, as a result of they worry the absurdity and weak spot of their positions will likely be uncovered.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) February 1, 2022
I am triple vaxxed, however (except they’re standing for hate or calling for violence) banning somebody’s podcast is an excessive amount of like burning a guide to me. Joe Rogan ought to discuss on his podcast about no matter he rattling nicely pleases.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) January 31, 2022
In the meantime, others are sticking with the calls to boycott the podcaster. After Neil Younger pulled his assortment from Spotify, different artists have been following swimsuit and accusing Rogan of “lethal misinformation.” The checklist consists of Joni Mitchell, Younger’s former bandmates, singer-songwriter India Arie and there are rumors that the Foo Fighters and Barry Manilow could be the subsequent to stroll.
Different celebrities have additionally joined the calls to take away Joe Rogan from Spotify, with Cassandra Peterson, higher referred to as Elvira – the long-lasting horror character from the ‘80s – accusing the podcaster of being a ‘quack’ and ‘hack’ whereas dismissing any of her followers who disagreed together with her as ‘trash’.
Relating to “followers” (haha) who’re leaving me as a result of they like “disinformation” over the reality, all I can say is, it is time to clear home and separate the category from the trash! Buh-byeeee!
— Elvira (@TheRealElvira) January 31, 2022
Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s manufacturing firm, which has a podcast take care of Spotify, has additionally launched a press release voicing concern with ‘Covid misinformation’ on the platform, stating that that they had already contacted Spotify “in regards to the all too actual penalties of Covid misinformation.” The royal couple added that “We’ve continued to specific our considerations to Spotify to make sure adjustments to its platform are made to assist deal with this public well being disaster.”
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has responded to the controversy by stating that the corporate will take all of the criticisms into consideration and try to offer “steadiness and entry to extensively accepted data from the medical and scientific communities guiding us by this unprecedented time.”
“We take this critically and can proceed to associate with consultants and make investments closely in our platform performance and product capabilities for the advantage of creators and listeners alike,” he added. “That doesn’t imply that we all the time get it proper, however we’re dedicated to studying, rising and evolving.”
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