Controversial podcast host Joe Rogan has come under fire after a string of claims about Australia turned out to be completely untrue.
Podcast megastar Joe Rogan has been called out live on air for pushing false claims about Australia’s food laws.
During an episode of his popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, the 54-year-old claimed NSW politicians were trying to ‘pass a law that won’t allow you to grow your own food’.
“I want to know what their rationale was, but I’m pretty sure it had to do with agricultural contamination,” Rogan said in Thursday’s episode, which featured media personality and regular guest Bryan “Hotep Jesus.” Sharpe.
‘You could justify it if you’re a real piece of shit,’ he continued, adding that he thought some Australian authorities were ‘f***ing creeps’.
“We’re gonna stop these motherfuckers from growing their own food…because that’s how you smoke an anti-vaxxer, because you can’t go to the grocery store anymore and you can’t grow your own food,” he said.
However, his rant was cut short when producer Jamie Vernon, who regularly googles topics in real time, stepped in to tell his boss he was wrong.
“The closest thing I could find is something like that, but that’s not what you were saying,” Vernon said, referring to an article about New Zealand laws, which he quickly clarified that they were themselves “false”.
“It has to be a real thing…it sounds too good not to be,” Rogan replied, before declaring after a pause that he also couldn’t find the law he was referring to.
“Damn, it better not be fake…it could be fake,” he said.
Twitter users were quick to jump on Rogan’s mistake, with many expressing disappointment that the host didn’t take the time to fact-check his ideas before going live.
“If only @joerogan had taken the time to read my very helpful @ReutersFacts fact check on this,” wrote journalist Nick Hardinges.
“Neither Australia nor any part of Australia is passing a bill that will prevent people from growing their own food.”
“Would be better if he did the research BEFORE talking about it on his podcast,” another commenter wrote.
The slip-up is the latest in a growing rap sheet of misrepresentations put out by Rogan on his show.
The Podcaster was “cancelled” earlier this year for allegedly spreading misinformation about Covid-19, after launching a number of claims regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
A particularly controversial episode with controversial doctor and biochemist Robert Malone caused visceral outcry from critics and even some fans.
Dr Malone, who worked on the early development of an mRNA vaccine in the late 80s and 90s, has been widely condemned by the medical community over the past year for claiming that spike proteins triggered by some Covid-19 vaccines contain dangerous levels of toxicity.
He regularly encouraged people to avoid vaccines and claimed vaccines developed to counter the virus “don’t work”.
This particular episode saw a number of musicians – including renowned artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell — are demanding that their music be removed from Spotify, which paid Rogan more than $150 million for exclusive hosting rights in 2020.
The fallout saw Spotify pull over 100 episodes of the podcast and add “content notices” to those discussing the virus, with Rogan himself later admitting that he would “try harder to bring people with differing opinions on”, promising to “do my best to make sure I have researched these topics”.
Rogan has also been criticized for harboring a number of fringe conspiracy theories, as well as advocating against transgender athletes participating in elite sports and explore various social taboos, with regular guests including controversial media personalities Alex JonesTim Pool and Jordan Petersonamong others.
However, despite the hot water topics regularly courted on the program, Rogan’s streaming numbers remain incredibly high with around 11 million plays per episode, making his show the most streamed podcast on Spotify.
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