Joe Rogan Responds to Criticisms That His Podcast Spreads Vaccine Misinformation

He has addressed Neil Young's Spotify boycott and said that he will offer a more balanced perspective on "controversial viewpoints"

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jan 31, 2022

Joe Rogan has responded to the controversy surrounding his podcast's vaccine misinformation, as he has pledged to do more research and present a broader range of opinions.

In a near-10-minute video posted on Instagram, Rogan said, "I'm not a doctor, I'm not a scientist. I'm just a person who sits down and talks to people and has conversations with them. Do I get things wrong? Absolutely."

He deflected criticisms by saying his episodes are "just conversations," and acknowledged that many of his ideas are unprepared and half-formed. He said that he would "do my best to make sure that I've researched these topics, the controversial ones in particular, and have all the pertinent facts at hand before I discuss them."

He directly addressed Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and other musicians who are removing their music from Spotify due to his podcast. He said, "I am very sorry they feel that way. I most certainly don't want that. I'm a Neil Young fan — I've always been a Neil Young fan." He said that he's not mad at Young or Mitchell, and he thanked Spotify for being supportive.

He said that he agrees with Spotify's plan to add a content warning to podcast episodes about COVID-19, saying he's "very happy with that." He pledged to "try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people's perspectives," saying that he would bring on experts soon after episodes where these "controversial" opinions were presented.

If you can handle 10 minutes of Rogan speaking, watch the video below.

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