Joe Rogan: ‘I’m not a doctor, I’m a fucking jerk’, after backlash to anti-vaccination comments

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“” I’m not a doctor, I’m a fucking idiot. ”

That’s what Joe Rogan said on his popular Spotify podcast Thursday, reacting to the backlash after comments he made last week that suggested young, healthy people don’t need to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” is heard by tens of millions of listeners, many of them young and healthy people, and health officials called his comments reckless and missed the crucial point that getting vaccinated helps protect others from getting infected. , not just the individual.

In her podcast on Thursday, Rogan tried to clarify her comments and admitted that she is not qualified to give medical advice: “I am not a respected source of information, not even for me … But at least I try to be honest about what I do. “. I’m saying. “” I’m not an anti-vax person, “he said.” I said I think they are safe and I encourage many people to take them. My parents were vaccinated. I just said that if you are a young and healthy person, no You need it. “His argument was, you need it for other people … But that’s a different argument. That’s a different conversation.” Many experts would argue that last point. “You’re talking about yourself in a vacuum,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden‘s chief pandemic adviser, said Wednesday during an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, referring to Rogan’s comments. “You are concerned that you yourself will be infected and that you may not have any symptoms.” However, “even if you don’t have any symptoms, you are spreading the outbreak because it is likely that you, even if you have no symptoms, could inadvertently and innocently infect another person who could infect someone who might actually have a problem with a severe result, ”Fauci said. Spotify, which gave Rogan a more than $ 100 million deal last year, had been pressured to remove the episode, but failed to do so. Spotify previously removed about 40 episodes of Rogan’s show that included misinformation and conspiracy theories. Shares of Spotify SPOT, + 2.07%, are down 16% year-to-date, after falling on Wednesday following gains that indicated user growth was slowing.