Actor Sharon Stone had a few choice words for Joe Rogan and offered up her own take on what the new disclaimer on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience should actually say moving forward.
A reporter caught up with Stone to comment on Rogan after he and Spotify have come under intense fire for the podcast's spreading of misinformation around the pandemic and vaccines.
And Stone didn't disappoint.
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In the TMZ video, Stone is asked about her condemnation of Rogan on Twitter in which she sided with Neil Young and pledged to cancel her Spotify accounts.
Stone made clear that the amends Spotify and Rogan have tried to make in the wake of Young and other artists leaving Spotify in protest of Rogan have been too little too late.
She explained why Rogan's misinformation is so dangerous.
“Infectious diseases are science and they are fact-based situations, so the pretense that these are opinions is dangerous and his behavior is dangerous.”
And as for the disclaimer that Spotify has said it will put in front of Rogan's podcast moving forward:
"He should put a disclaimer that he's an a**hole."
Stone lost her grandmother and godmother to the pandemic, and the disease also hospitalized her sister and sister’s husband.
So when she says that Rogan’s “opinions” have consequences that can affect people’s lives, for Stone it's personal.
People were loving Stone's take on Rogan.
Rogan’s podcast has come under fire for the spread of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This includes pushing Ivermectin as a preventive measure, to the point where a guest insisted that treatments with the anti-parasitic alone could end the pandemic. The studies presented were quickly debunked, though Rogan as recently as last week tried to push Ivermectin, but his tweet about it was quickly deleted.
However, the most recent incident to cause an uproar was Rogan’s interview with Dr. Robert Malone. Malone claims to have invented mRNA vaccines, a statement that is incomplete at best and definitely misleading in today’s climate.
While Malone co-authored two papers with multiple other researchers about using mRNA to produce the production of new proteins, the mRNA vaccines of today are built on the work of a lot of other research as well.
Despite Malone’s credentials as a researcher, he shared the pseudoscientific idea that a third of the population is being hypnotized to believe the mainstream media. Malone claimed it was “mass-formation psychosis,” a concept not widely recognized by psychologists.
Lastly, Rogan had cardiologist Peter McCullough as a guest last month, who spread the conspiracy theory that the pandemic was planned and that its purpose was to spread “fear, suffering, isolation... and death”.
McCullough referenced several discredited ideas and papers, including claiming that the virus cannot spread without symptoms, and that you cannot get the disease twice. Both of these have been proven false well before the interview.
Rogan gets away with having people like this on his show by claiming that he’s just having a conversation with the guests. And to his credit, he sometimes pushes back on some of these dangerous ideas.
Rogan's complicity in the spread of misinformation comes from platforming people that are spreading information that’s dangerous for the general public as though it is valid.
And Rogan can’t hide behind claims of censorship just because people criticize him.
After Neil Young pulled his music from Spotify in protest, former bandmates David Crosby, Steven Stills, and Graham Nash joined with him in doing the same, as have Joni Mitchell, India.Arie and others.