Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has seemingly shared his stance on the ongoing Joe Rogan/Spotify controversy, but many fans aren’t appreciative of his perspective on the matter.
The “Jumanji” actor shared how he felt about the controversy in response to Rogan’s rant about his haters trying to cancel him.
Joe Rogan Slams His “Haters” Amid Spotify Uproar
As you might know, Rogan and Spotify have been in hot trouble in the past week after fans and celebrities pointed out that the comedian was spreading harmful and false claims about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine.
The podcaster was branded “dangerous” by many health practitioners for his view on the disease, and fans protested that Spotify remove his podcast from their platform. However, things became intense when singer Neil Young stepped in and vowed to remove his music from the streaming platform for siding with Rogan’s harmful claims.
Several stars have since sided with Young. Joni Mitchell stood with Young and promised to remove her music as we reported. Also, Prince Harry and Meghan released a statement expressing their “concerns” to Spotify.
Following the backlash, Rogan took to social media to address the issue and share his side of the story. As The Blast covered, the UFC commentator cleared the air, noting that people have a “distorted perception” of what he says on his podcast because of disparaging headlines.
He cast the blame on social media for portraying his podcast as misinformation, saying, “The problem I have with the term’ misinformation,’ especially today is that many of the things that we thought of as misinformation just a short while ago are now accepted as fact.”
Rogan admitted that he sometimes gets things wrong and makes mistakes but tries to correct them when he finds new information. He apologized for the musicians who removed their music from the platform and promised to “do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints.”
Concluding his message, the 54-year-old threw a shade at those criticizing him, saying, “Thank you, Spotify. Thank you to all the supporters, and even thank you to the haters. It’s good to have some haters, it makes you reassess what you’re doing and put things into perspective. And, and I think I think that’s good too.”
Dwayne Johnson Shows Support For Rogan
Several stars showed support for the comedian underneath the post, including Dwayne Johnson. Johnson praised Rogan for his response, writing, “Great stuff here, brother. Perfectly articulated. Look forward to coming on one day and breaking out the tequila with you.”
However, fans weren’t pleased with The Rock’s response and came at him, calling him a “sell out.” A pissed fan wrote, “nobody wants to hear your commie opinions. Go live in China, we don’t care about you anymore.”
A user lamented, “@therock, you are a part of the problem. Smh you just wanna sell booze like a scumbag,” while another wrote, “disappointed in you, man.”
A buttered netizen noted, “@therock you endorsed Biden and contributed to this mess. Joe has balls to stand up to liberalism and you just go along with it.”
However, not all the comments were negative. Some fans were thrilled about the prospect of Johnson appearing on the podcast and believe he and Rogan would have great chemistry.
Spotify Adds Content Advisory
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Following the backlash and a drop in Spotify’s stock prices, the Swedish streaming platform changed its stance and sprung into action, leaning to fans’ requests.
Over the weekend, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek released a statement about their role in putting out the fires and their plan to start adding content advisories to podcast episodes, particularly ones about the virus. An excerpt of the statement read,
We know we have a critical role to play in supporting creator expression while balancing it with the safety of our users. In that role, it is important to me that we don’t take on the position of being content censor while also making sure that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them.
Spotify has since published Platform Rules on their newsroom and in numerous languages to enable users to understand how they assess content in order to prevent misinformation, especially about topics like COVID-19.