Joe Rogan Episode Under Review at Spotify Over ‘COVID Misinformation’

Joe Rogan during his recent podcast interview with Dave Smith, released April 23rd on Spotify.
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Joe Rogan during his recent podcast interview with Dave Smith, released April 23rd on Spotify.
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Joe Rogan during his recent podcast interview with Dave Smith, released April 23rd on Spotify.

Spotify is now actively reviewing a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience following concerns that Rogan spread ‘COVID misinformation’ during the discussion.

It’s unclear what direct action — if any — Spotify is planning to take against Joe Rogan following the remarks, though a recent episode is now understood to be ‘under review’ at the streaming platform for spreading ‘COVID misinformation.’ Digital Music News was alerted to the oversight process by sources who previously pointed to the removal of a substantial number of earlier Rogan episodes.

In a wide-ranging discussion with comedian and political commentator Dave Smith published on April 23rd, Rogan stated that he would not advise younger people to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19 based on their lower risk profile, a statement that may violate Spotify’s policies.

“People say, ‘do you think it’s safe to get vaccinated?’ and I’ve said, ‘Yeah, I think for the most part it’s safe to get vaccinated, I do, I do,'” Rogan said. “But if you’re 21 years old, and you ask me if you should get vaccinated, I’d say ‘no.'”

“Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person?” Rogan continued. “Look, don’t do anything stupid, but you should take care of yourself. If you’re a healthy person and you’re exercising all the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, I don’t think you need to worry about this.”

(Update: Dr. Anthony Fauci has now responded to Rogan’s comments.)

Rogan further questioned whether people should be forced to vaccinate themselves or vaccinate their children.

“But there are a lot of jobs that will tell you that you need to have [the vaccination],” Rogan continued. “People are worried about them doing it for their children. And we talked about this earlier — that you might have to have your children vaccinated.

“And I can tell you, as someone whose children got the virus, it was nothing. I hate to say that if someone’s children died from this, I’m very sorry that that happened, I’m not in any way diminishing that. But I’m saying, the personal experience that my children had with COVID was nothing. One of the kids had a headache, the other one didn’t feel good for a couple of days. I mean, not feel good like — hmmm, no big deal, no coughing, no achey, no agony, nothing like that. It was very mild, it was akin to them getting a cold.”

Smith then pointed to the ‘theatrics’ or ‘virtue signaling’ surrounding COVID vaccinations. “Yeah, and you can have this thing with virtue signaling and this theatrical display of ‘I got the vaccine, what a good person I am, I care about everyone.’ But look, my daughter’s a lot younger than your kids, but yeah, I’m not injecting my daughter with something to f—king virtue signal. I’m not doing that. If there’s something that she statistically has no risk from, I’m sorry I’m not doing any experiments on her.”

Rogan then reiterated the extremely low risk that COVID poses to children. “But it’s amazing that that’s controversial. That even saying, ‘I’m not going to inject my child with the vaccine,’ is so controversial. Because again, we’re not even talking about the flu, which we just found out killed 22,000 people last year. We’re not talking about that — we’re talking about something that is not statistically dangerous for children.

“But yet people still want you to get your child vaccinated, which is crazy to me. You should be vaccinated if you’re vulnerable!”

Currently, Spotify has declined any comment on the matter, though the platform is understood to be considering its next steps.

Those next steps could include the removal of the episode for violating ‘COVID misinformation’ policies, or simply a removal of the section of the episode discussing the vaccine. Already, Spotify has deleted 42 Joe Rogan podcast episodes, though it has not delineated the reasons for the specific removals.

There are other possibilities. Spotify has previously considered issuing pre-show disclaimers following demands by Spotify employees who felt Rogan was transphobic. Earlier, those employee activists also demanded direct editorial oversight over Rogan’s shows, including the introduction of ‘trigger warnings‘ prior to specific shows. But Spotify has (so far) pushed back against those demands.

28 Responses

    • Reality

      Which part included misinformation? Did he say something untrue?

      • Ted

        He said that young people shouldn’t get vaccinated if they were healthy. That is untrue. That is misinformation.

        • Vaxman

          The emergency use authorization for these ‘vaccines’ are only for people 18 and over. You are spreading misinformation.

        • Reality

          He said his opinion, he’s very well spoken and intentional about his choice of words. And sharing an opinion is not misinformation, it’s just information. You and Spotify can disagree with his opinion though.

          • Ted

            Wrong. An opinion can be wrong, based upon the facts…and he is wrong. It is misinformation, purposefully spread.

  1. Dr. Faucibreath

    99.4% of those infected survive. Those without pre-existing conditions are virtually guaranteed to survive. Children are 4x more likely to die of influenza. Over 60% of those infected have no symptoms.

    Exactly why is Stupify censoring facts? Oh—forgot— that is what fascists do.

    • Ronnie

      Why don’t you get the virus and see how it is? There are long-lasting side effects in many people. Over 3M dead worldwide and you’re still touting your idiot beliefs.

      • Dr. Faucibreath

        99.6 % survive. What part of that do you not understand?

        If I contracted it, I doubt I would even know.

        News flash, Einstein: people die every day. Coronaviruses come every year.

        • Uri

          Your numbers are off. Try over 3M dad worldwide and millions left with ongoing side effects. Your information is so skewed and wrong. Get a life.

          • Dr. Faucibreath

            Fraudulent numbers to overbill Medicare and insurance. I know numerous health care professionals who were TOLD to mark any death as Covid related unless it was trauma.

            You stupid people probably would have executed people who claimed the Earth was round and Hitler was a bad guy.

            Stupid, stupid, stupid sheeple manipulated by the government and tech.

          • Mona

            You’re right, his numbers are way off. His excuses are fake justifications to bolster his ignorant stance on the entire topic.

        • Ronnie

          If you contracted it you wouldn’t even know it? Guess again.

          Coronaviruses do not come every year.

          You’ve got so much incorrect information that you keep perpetuating its stunning, really. Do you make this stuff up or copy it from a conspiracy theory website that is just as wrong?

  2. Dr Benway

    I know an older guy who got COVID last year, recovered, but then received a two-dose vaccine earlier this year. Why would you vaccinate somebody who got it and recovered? One day after the 2nd dose, his kidneys shut down and he dies.

    I know another older guy, perfectly healthy, got the vaccine, and had to go in the hospital for a week and nearly died due to kidneys shutting down. He made it out.

    I know other people who have gotten the vaccine, perfectly healthy prior to getting the vaccine, and they go into an awful tailspin for days or weeks.

    I know people who know other people who have experienced the same sort of events in their group of friends and acquaintances.

    We should be talking about this.

    It’s not “misinformation” to mention that young people without comorbidities don’t need the vaccine.

  3. Dr. Fauchibreath

    I just got my 2nd vaccination. Thank you, Biden/Harris administration for the competent rollout.

    • Dr. Faucibreath

      I refuse to get this dangerous and untested vaccine. Thank you for not forcing this upon us, PRESIDENT TRUMP, and I am sorry so many have died from the vaccine due to Biden and Harris and Fauci.

        • Paula

          Ignore this creton. He pops up to post anti messages and ugliness regularly just to get attention. He uses various names and leads a sad little life. He’s insignificant.

          • Joe

            Will do. What a pathetic loser. His mom should kick him out of her basement.

          • Dr. Faucibreath

            Wanna loofa my stretchmarks in between your stimulus checks?

      • Joe N

        You fucking idiot…Trump is the one that fast-tracked this and pushed it on America. Your memory, as well as your intelligence, is shot. The death rate under Biden/Harris has actually been much lower than under Trump, king liar.

  4. Paul Resnikoff, The Author

    When I set out to write this article, my first consideration was how I should mislead people who see the headline into clicking into the article. You see, I paid way too much for a lib-jo degree and now I’m saddled with unbearable student loan debt and no talent to go along with it.

    So you see I’m left little choice but to create these types of fraudulent, click-bait opinion pieces, gussied up as legitimate journalism in the hopes that people will inadvertently click on them to keep my meager ad revenue intact.

    You see, nothing in my article, this one or others, is really germane or pertinent to the headline, they’re all fluff pieces that are nothing but editorials to myself dressed up as newsworthy journalism.

    I can assure you, nothing I write has ever been mistaken for legitimate journalism! I’m just not that talented or knowledgeable.

    But since you’re here, and you’ve provided me with a meager allotment of ad revenue, you’ve done my bidding and I might just be able to squeak by with another student loan payment this month.

    For that, I, Paul Resnikoff, thank you.