Controversial podcaster Joe Rogan was forced to delete part of his most recent episode in which he lambasted a tweet that was proven to be fake.I
Controversial podcaster Joe Rogan was forced to delete part of his most recent episode in which he lambasted a tweet that was proven to be fake.
In the episode originally posted on Wednesday, Rogan displayed a tweet from an account claiming to go by the name Dr. Natalia, in which she says she ‘will never regret the vaccine … even if it turns out I injected actual poison.’
She explains her ‘heart was in the right place.’
Rogan said the tweet offered a ‘fascinating perspective,’ and used the tweet as an example of the hysteria surrounding COVID vaccines over the past few years.
But overnight, the team at The Joe Rogan Experience were informed that the tweet was actually doctored — and rushed to remove the segment from the podcast.
The move comes one year after musicians like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulled their music from Spotify to pressure the streaming service to remove Rogan’s show over what they claimed was Rogan’s COVID ‘misinformation.’
Joe Rogan was forced to delete part of his podcast in which he blasted a tweet that was proven to have been doctored
The tweet from ‘Dr. Natalia’ claimed she ‘will never regret the vaccine … even if it turns out I injected actual poison’ and denigrated anti-vaxxers for refusing to get the COVID jab
Rogan delved back into the issue of the efficacy of COVID vaccines in his discussion with evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein on Wednesday when he displayed the doctored tweet.
It read: ‘I will never regret the vaccine. Even if it turns out I injected actual poison and have only days to live.
‘My heart [was and is] in the right place.
‘I got vaccinated out of love, while antivaxxers did everything out of hate,’ it continued.
‘If I have to die because of my love for the world, then so be it. But I will never regret or apologize for it.’
After reading the falsified tweet, Rogan said he thought it was ‘fascinating.’
‘It’s also a fascinating perspective that this person claims to be about love, but has the most uncharitable view of people who don’t get vaccinated,’ he said. ‘That everyone got anti-vax out of hate.’
He then sought to defend himself for his decision not to get the COVID jab, saying: ‘The idea that I didn’t get vaccinated out of hate, I find so ridiculous. Like I don’t hate anyone, I am a loving person.
‘I go out of my way to be as charitable and as kind as possible,’ Rogan continued. ‘And when I don’t, I feel very disappointed in myself.
‘If I make any decision or a statement that I feel like doesn’t align with that, maybe flippantly in the moment, maybe joking around, I’ve — I’m very disappointed in myself. I’m very self-critical.’
Rogan then turned his attention back to the tweet, saying: ‘When I see something like that, I’m like, that is ideological capture at its highest level.’
Rogan spoke about the tweet in a conversation with evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein on Wednesday about the efficacy of the jabs
Dr. Natalia’s Twitter page was locked in the aftermath and she replaced her profile picture with a plain, black circle
‘The idea that you wouldn’t be upset that you injected actual poison when you were thinking that this was somehow going to save people and save the world is so insane that that wouldn’t bother you,’ he said in a video of the now-deleted clip that was posted to Twitter.
‘But you are uncharitably characterizing all people who are hesitant in getting an experimental medical intervention that’s never been tried on mass amounts of human beings in human history and that there’s no long-term data to suggest anything safety, dangers, risks.’
Rogan went on to say: ‘This woman’s take on this, in my opinion, is a perfect encapsulation of the ideological capture that you see on social media.
‘Because if you say something on social media — even if its correct — about something like the pandemic, something controversial, the sheer amount of people that are commenting on it — you’re going to get a certain amount of them who are hateful and angry at your perspective because it doesn’t align with their perspective.’
That’s when Weinstein decided to jump into the conversation, saying it is ‘vital’ to learn how to interact with one another again following the pandemic.
‘You know, you see in that tweet she’s obviously struggling with something,’ he said, suggesting that instead of airing her doubts about the campaign she is demonizing those that never got it.
‘It’s this thing that people do, they demonize other people,’ Rogan noted. ‘They do it when there’s a complex problem. One of the best ways to not look at people as human begins is to categorize them as an enemy in some way.
‘You’re seeing echoes of that in that woman’s tweet,’ he concluded.
Rogan took to Twitter on Thursday morning to reveal he edited the segment out of the podcast after his team discovered it was fake
But just a few hours after the podcast was posted online, Rogan later said, he found out that the tweet was, in fact, doctored.
‘I was informed last night that this tweet is fake,’ he wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. ‘The show was already out, so we initially decided to post a notice saying we got tricked, then later thought it best to just delete it from the episode.
‘My sincere apologies to everyone, especially the person who got hoaxed.’
Dr. Natalia’s twitter — which appears to be an actual account established in 2017 with over 318,000 followers — is now locked and she changed her profile picture to a simple black circle.
Rogan has previously come under fire for suggesting that children do not need to get the COVID vaccine.
He also told his Instagram followers in September 2021 that he had been diagnosed with the virus and was taking ivermectin, despite warnings from the Food and Drug Administration not to use it.
In the aftermath, a slew of musicians threatened to take their music off of Spotify — home to Rogan’s podcast, with even the White House urging the streamer to keep Rogan in check.
At one point, the White House waded into the row and urged Spotify to keep Rogan in check.
But all attempts to pressure Spotify into ditching Joe Rogan ended in failure – with his show becoming the streamer’s top rated podcast in 2022.