Sharon Stone has chimed in on Joe Rogan on how he’s addressing the COVID-19 misinformation controversy surrounding his show.
Rogan’s exclusive deal with Spotify came under fire from various critics last week after Neil Young announced he was pulling his music library from the platform unless he addressed pandemic misinformation. and vaccines promoted by Rogan as well as guests on his show. Joni Mitchell, Nils Lofgren, Graham Nash and India Arie followed Young soon after while calling for more artists to do the same mount.
Stone, who worked as an activist for several years in the field of infectious diseases such as HIV and AIDS, was approached by TMZ in Beverly Hills. In her impromptu interview, she pulled no punches in her criticism of Rogan’s apology and his commitment to presenting a more balanced collection of opinions on his immensely popular show.
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“I’m an infectious disease worker who won the Nobel Peace Prize for my work on infectious disease, the Harvard Awards, the Einstein Awards, you know that kind of stuff,” she said. “And, you know, I worked with Dr. [Anthony] Fauci for decades and I just want to say – COVID is not an opinion-based situation and Mr. Rogan thinks his opinion or a warning for the lives he has personally affected and whose losses he has caused, it is not an opinion.
The star went further, calling Rogan’s comments “idiocy” and shaming him for claiming his opinions are the same as the medical facts sought.
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“Mr. Rogan is risking people’s lives with his idiocy and by saying his thoughts on COVID are opinions, they are not opinions, COVID and infectious diseases are science and they are factual situations,” she said. “So pretending that these are opinions is dangerous and his behavior is dangerous, as well as pretending that these are opinions and that he should put a disclaimer… He should put a disclaimer according to which it is and a hole.”
She noted that she thinks many people have been negatively impacted or even died by espousing the same beliefs they heard on “The Joe Rogan Experience” that go against scientific research on vaccines and prevention of infectious diseases.
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“People can say whatever they want. All I can say is what I’m saying comes from my experience working in crowded labs with people risking their lives to save other people’s lives. “Stone concluded. “My opinions come from being in hospitals with children dying of AIDS while I explain to parents how heartbroken I am that they are going to lose their baby or their child or their teenager or their sister or their brother or their mother or their father. I’ve stood by the bedside of dying people for the past 25 years. I don’t know how many of these people’s opinions come with factual experience.
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Rogan is one of the streaming service’s biggest stars, with contract which could earn him more than $100 million. He posted a video on Monday in which he addresses recent criticism and defends the credentials of some of the most controversial guests he’s had in recent months, especially those who spoke about the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccines. Meanwhile, Spotify has announced that it will place disclaimers on content that may contain unverified information about COVID-19.