The Roxane Gay Agenda, from Spotify because the platform continues to carry Joe Rogan, whose podcast spreads misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines.On The Joe Rogan Experience, the host has made “false claims that Covid vaccines are ‘essentially a gene therapy’” and featured guests who offer “dangerous misinformation about Covid and other topics,” Gay wrote in Thursday’s New York Times.
Rogan sometimes says he is simply curious, which is “a convenient way of shirking accountability for misleading people about their life-or-death health decisions,” she continued.“Sometimes, racism is sprinkled in his conversations, just to keep things interesting,” she noted.
Something she didn’t mention is that Rogan often features anti-transgender rhetoric.Gay emphasized that she is not for censorship but for curation, and she explained the difference between the two. “When we are not free to express ourselves, when we can be thrown in jail or even lose our lives for speaking freely, that is censorship,” she wrote. “When we say, as a society, that bigotry and misinformation are unacceptable, and that people who espouse those ideas don’t deserve access to significant platforms, that’s curation.”She commented on the dangerous effects of misinformation: “Misinformation has contributed to tens of millions of people believing the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.