Sharon Stone has joined the chorus of celebrity voices speaking out against Joe Rogan, calling him and his Spotify podcast “dangerous” due to the commentator’s views on COVID vaccines.
The actress accused Rogan of spreading COVID misinformation on his podcast, 'The Joe Rogan Experience’, which he works on as part of an exclusive deal with major streaming platform Spotify.
This news comes after nearly 300 members of the science and medical community signed an open letter to Spotify, calling Rogan’s actions “not only objectionable and offensive but also medically and culturally dangerous”.
“COVID is not an opinion-based situation and Mr Rogan thinking that his opinion or disclaimer for the lives he personally has affected and caused losses of – it’s not an opinion,” Stone said to TMZ.
“Mr Rogan is risking people’s lives with his idiocy and his professing that his thoughts about COVID are opinions.
“Infectious diseases are science, and they are fact-based situations, so the pretence that these are opinions is dangerous.
“He should put a disclaimer that he’s an asshole and that his behaviour is dangerous and affecting people’s lives and deaths.”
After a slew of artists have started to pull their music from Spotify in protest against Rogan, the commentator issued a public statement last week (Jan 31).
In a video post made to his Instagram account, Rogan addressed “some of the controversy that’s been going on over the past few days”.
He told fans: “I don’t always get it right. I will do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people perspectives so we can maybe find a better point of view.”
Admitting that it is a “strange responsibility to have this many views and listeners,” he promised “to do my best in the future to balance things out”.
Further commenting on the departure of artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell from the platform, Rogan added: “I’m very sorry that they feel that way. I most certainly don’t want that. I’m a Neil Young fan, I’ve always have been a Neil Young fan.”