Joe Rogan clarifies anti-vaccine statement after getting backlash
So, Joe Rogan is back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, again. He recently made anti-vaccine statements in his The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, in which he discouraged younger people from getting vaccinated. As a result, he received backlash on social media as well as from US Government officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci. Now, he finally clarified his controversial statement, albeit unconvincingly.
Joe Rogan’s controversial statement about COVID-19 vaccines
On his 23rd April podcast episode, Joe Rogan sparked a lot of outrage after his comments against the COVID vaccines. He told guest comedian Dave Smith:
If you’re, like, 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I’ll go, ‘No’… If you’re a healthy person, and you’re exercising all the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, like, I don’t think you need to worry about this.”
These comments, however, resulted in almost an instant reaction from both social media and many high-ranking media persons and US Government officials. One of them was the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, who disputed Rogan’s claims, saying:
If you want to only worry about yourself and not society, then that’s OK. (People should realize that) if I get infected, I could do damage to somebody else even if I have no symptoms at all, and that’s the reason why you’ve got to be careful and get vaccinated.
And of course, the backlash wasn’t limited to just mainstream media, but social media as well. Many users called out Joe Rogan for fueling the anti-vax sentiments very strongly prevailing in the United States:
As expected, Joe Rogan could not remain silent after the debate he triggered online. In his recent episode on April 29th, Rogan tried to clarify his remarks in a conversation with comedian Andrew Santino, saying:
I’m not an anti-vax person. In fact, I said I believe they’re safe and I encourage many people to take ’em. I just said, I don’t think that if you’re a young, healthy person, that you need it.
Later on, Rogan admitted that he now understands why young people should get vaccinated at any cost. Furthermore, he reemphasized to people that he is a “moron” and that any of his words related to any information apart from fighting should not be taken seriously. Rogan continued:
Their argument was, you need [the vaccine] for other people. That makes more sense. When I say something stupid, I’m not thinking about what I’m going to say before I say it. I’m not a doctor, I’m a fucking moron, and I’m a cage-fighting commentator who’s a dirty stand-up comedian… I’m not a respected source of information — even for me.
Joe Rogan further said that he was scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, as UFC had allocated a certain number of shots for some of its employees. However, he had to reschedule his appointment, right before the Federal Government paused the J&J vaccine. And so, Joe Rogan remains unvaccinated.