A week ago, Joe Rogan was again trending on social media for all the wrong reasons. The famous podcast host tested positive for COVID-19 and revealed on Instagram that he was “throwing the kitchen sink” at COVID. One of the treatments he took was Ivermectin, which is a horse dewormer and is also used to treat livestock. When Twitter and other mainstream media outlets saw this, they upbraided Rogan on social media. Now, the UFC commentator has finally addressed the backlash.
How did the backlash begin?
The Joe Rogan Experience podcast has arguably grown to become the most famous outlet of news and information in the United States. So much so that he has enough clout to influence elections and spread information faster than mainstream media. And since then, critics have told Joe Rogan that with this popularity, comes the responsibility of speaking responsibly and factually. However, Rogan has repeatedly said that he will speak as he feels, although he often gives disclaimers to not believe his words as he is not an expert.
But, after he revealed on Instagram that he was taking Ivermectin, most of the internet lost their minds. CNN and The Rolling Stone shared various articles where people were dying because of Ivermectin overdosage. However, it is important to note that there are different versions of the drug available in the market that are suitable for people and are often prescribed by doctors and told by the FDA.
After this news, there were some critics who even wished that Joe Rogan dies of COVID or he gets even sicker. And all that just so they could have an “I told you so” moment. But now, Rogan has responded to the backlash as well as the hateful comments.
Joe Rogan finally addresses the backlash, saying CNN didn’t mention he got well really soon
In his recent JRE podcast episode, Joe Rogan first revealed that it was a doctor who prescribed him Ivermectin. He repeatedly criticized CNN for manipulating the public perception over his treatment. At the start, he said he should even sue CNN for how they reported everything, saying:
What they didn’t highlight was that I got better! They’re trying to make it seem as if I’m doing some wacky s**t that’s completely ineffective, and CNN was saying that I’m ‘a distributor of misinformation.’
Joe Rogan then further explained how he immediately began medication as soon as he learned he was positive. Over the weekend, he had fevers and sweating but by Monday, he was “pretty f**king good”. Moreover, Rogan also revealed that he took “high-dose” IV drips of Vitamin C along with Ivermectin. As far as the people who wished more sickness and death upon him, Rogan simply said:
Because I wasn’t scared… what they would like, is when I did get sick, that I [would get] really sick and get really scared and learn my lesson. I bounced back just about as quick as you can. They’re haters. …they’re weak b***es. Stay salty.
After this podcast, there have been a lot of heated debates over his swift recovery and his methods. In the past, Joe Rogan has been put under scrutiny for saying younger people shouldn’t get vaccinated. Moreover, the FDA has not approved the use of Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. They say on their website:
The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.