Controversial podcast host Joe Rogan has come under fire after a number of claims about Australia turned out to be completely wrong.
Podcast megastar Joe Rogan has been called out live for making false claims about Australian food laws.
During an episode of his popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience The 54-year-old said politicians in New South Wales were trying to “pass a law that won’t let you grow your own food.”
“I want to know what their excuse was, but I’m pretty sure it had to do with farmland pollution,” Rogan said in Thursday’s episode, which featured journalist and regular guest Brian “Hotep Jesus” Sharp.
“You can justify it if you’re a real piece of shit,” he continued, adding that he considered some Australian authorities “fucking bastards.”
“We’re going to stop these bastards from growing their own food…because that’s how you smoke out anti-vaxxers, because you can’t go to grocers anymore and you can’t grow your own food,” he said.
However, his ranting was interrupted when producer Jamie Vernon, who regularly googles live topics, stepped in to tell his boss he was wrong.
“The closest I could find was something like this, but that’s not what you were talking about,” Vernon said, referring to the New Zealand law article, which he quickly clarified was itself itself was “false”.
“It must be real… it seems too good not to be,” Rogan replied, before stating after a pause that he, too, couldn’t find the law he was talking about.
“Damn it, it better not be a fake… it could be a fake,” he said.
Twitter users quickly realized Rogan’s mistake, with many expressing frustration that the host didn’t take the time to test his ideas before broadcasting them live.
“If only @joerogan took the time to read my very helpful @ReutersFacts fact checker on this,” wrote journalist Nick Hardings.
“Neither in Australia, nor in any other part of Australia, is there a law passed that prohibits people from growing their own food.”
“It would be better if he did the research BEFORE he talked about it on his podcast,” wrote another commenter.
This gaffe is the latest in a long list of false claims that Rogan has been broadcasting on his show.
The podcaster was “canceled” earlier this year for allegedly spreading misinformation about Covid-19 after making a number of claims regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
A particularly controversial episode involving controversial physician and biochemist Robert Malone sparked outrage from critics and even some fans.
Dr. Malone, who worked on early mRNA vaccine development in the late 80s and 90s, has drawn widespread condemnation from the medical community over the past year for claiming that the spike proteins triggered by some Covid-19 vaccines are at dangerous levels. toxicity.
He regularly urged people to avoid vaccines and argued that vaccines designed to fight the virus “do not work.”
In this particular episode, several musicians, including established artists Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, were asked to have their music removed from Spotify, which paid Rogan over $150 million for exclusive hosting rights in 2020.
The fallout saw Spotify remove over 100 episodes of the podcast and add “content recommendations” to those discussing the virus, with Rogan himself subsequently acknowledging that he “will try harder to reach people with different opinions”, vowing to “do everything best to make sure I research these topics.”
Rogan has also been criticized for spouting a number of fringe conspiracy theories, as well as advocating against transgender athletes participating in elite sports and exploring various social taboos among regular guests, including media controversial figures Alex Jones, Tim Poole and Jordan Peterson. .
However, despite the hot topics regularly broached on the program, Rogan’s streaming numbers remain incredibly high, with close to 11 million streams per episode, making his show the highest rated podcast on Spotify.