Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Joe Rogan said something on his podcast that has sent the internet into an absolute tizzy.
On a recent episode of his Spotify podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan was discussing the COVID-19 vaccine and shared his opinion on whether or not “healthy” young people should get vaccinated. In addition to his comments about “healthy” 21-year-olds, it should be noted that Rogan also said he feels it’s safe to get vaccinated “for the most part”.
“I think you should get vaccinated if you’re vulnerable,” Rogan said.
“But if you’re like 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I go no. Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person? Like, look, don’t do anything stupid, but you should take care of yourself. You should—if you’re a healthy person, and you’re exercising all the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, like, I don’t think you need to worry about this.”
Spotify’s Joe Rogan encourages "healthy" young people not to get a coronavirus vaccine. His show is Spotify's most popular podcast.
“If you're like 21 years old, and you say to me, should I get vaccinated? I'll go no.” pic.twitter.com/5dX98xUaHS
— Alex Paterson (@AlexPattyy) April 27, 2021
Joe Rogan’s opinions tend to set off a firestorm on Twitter, let alone when that opinion is potentially affecting the decisions of young, easily impressionable people. So, naturally, you can imagine the reaction to Rogan’s latest musings.
joe rogan is gwenyth paltrow's goop for men.
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) April 27, 2021
Joe Rogan is encouraging young people not to get the vaccine.
I think Bill Burr sums up that kind of advice pretty well here: pic.twitter.com/VV8S0DPYVb
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) April 27, 2021
Joe Rogan is not the smart person that your sexually frustrated teenage son thinks he is https://t.co/7UqI8x06Cj
— Cam (@cameron_kasky) April 27, 2021
I once heard Joe Rogan described as a "stupid person's idea of a smart person," and it can't be said any better than that. https://t.co/R4HtV4pJ1E
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 27, 2021
My feeling is that, no matter what your age, you should not take medical advice from Joe Rogan
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 27, 2021
Joe Rogan shut the fuck up challenge pic.twitter.com/jinDnIB4m5
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) April 27, 2021
yo, fuck joe rogan. it's so deeply irresponsible to tell young folks not to get vaccinated on the BIGGEST podcast in the world. everyone should get vaccinated as soon as they can, for themselves and for everyone else.
both shots. don't be an idiot.
— Zachary Ryan (@ZachariusD) April 27, 2021
joe rogan spent the past decade shooting himself to the gills with testosterone to the point he just looks like walking deep vein thrombosis and this mf talking about vaccines
— John Wayne Gatekeep (@DROPCOFFIN1) April 27, 2021
Of course, there were also those who agreed with Rogan’s sentiment:
Joe Rogan is correct about the COVID vaccine for kids & young healthy people.pic.twitter.com/AxGwFxAMVB
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) April 27, 2021
What did Joe Rogan say that was wrong?
The authoritarian power structure wants to discourage independent thought and encourage wrong groupthink.
They want you in a state of fear so they can increase their control! pic.twitter.com/ycISyOmPwl
— Hotep Jesus (@HotepJesus) April 27, 2021
This excerpt from Joe Rogan has TRIGGERED the Left Sheep. Too bad for them, they can’t cancel his podcast🤣which is the largest in North America. Great Job Joe👏 pic.twitter.com/TrKNYTH9xN
— 🍁🇨🇦CanAditude🇨🇦🍁 (@CanAditude) April 27, 2021
Rogan’s comments about the vaccine come as the CDC recently announced new guidelines for wearing masks outdoors: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you are fully vaccinated — and if you are outdoors and not in a large crowd — you no longer need to wear a mask.
At the time of this writing (Tuesday, April 27), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about 141.8 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine thus far, with about 2.72 million doses being administered per day.