Recently, discussions around the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Spotify have reached the point of drawing lines in the sand. While the podcast continues to spread misinformation about vaccines and the pandemic, people are taking sides.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have expressed concerns to Spotify over the COVID-19 misinformation on the platform. Meanwhile, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado proved she cannot stand it when someone makes a sensible decision.
So she decided to try and insult Harry and Meghan.
In the tweet above, Boebert makes a strange comparison to the former members of the Royal Family and American Independence. She claims “we care even less” what Harry and Meghan have to say.
Ignoring the fact that Boebert clearly cares what they have to say if she’s tweeting about it, Meghan Markle is an American citizen. On top of that, she and Harry have a $25 million contract to produce podcasts with Spotify, giving them greater concern for the company’s policies regarding misinformation.
Lastly, Boebert is the one talking about them, and not the other way around.
So we know who is in who’s head here.
This fight is over the Joe Rogan Experience, a podcast hosted by Joe Rogan that Spotify bought the exclusive rights to in a $100 million contract. The podcast was already one of the most popular in the world at the time, but had faced controversy for what many saw as Rogan platforming members of the far-right, and pushing conspiracy theories.
Rogan has always defended his podcast by claiming he’s just having discussions with his guests, but when those guests include Alex Jones of InfoWars, it becomes difficult to justify your lack of control in the content.
Most recently, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulled their music from Spotify over the misinformation peddled by Joe Rogan’s show. While Spotify and Rogan have made half-hearted attempts to address these claims, many feel they aren’t doing enough.
Which is what Boebert completely misses.
We may not have to deal with this for long. Reporting shows that Boebert’s constituents are concerned that the junior politician cares more about being in the news than passing legislation to benefit her state.
There are six Democrats and two Republicans lined up to challenge her in the next election.