An old Joe Rogan podcast, in which he shared his candid views on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, has resurfaced in the wake of his Spotify statement.
On Sunday (Jan 30), the couple revealed they had “expressed concerns” with the music platform, with which they have an $18m (£13.3m) deal, about the airing of ” disinformation”.
Now, an old Rogan podcast, in which he called Markle a “shameless little American,” has resurfaced online.
Many have accused Rogan of using his popular podcast, titled The Joe Rogan Experienceto spread false details about the Covid-19 vaccine.
While Harry and Meghan never specifically mentioned Rogan in their statement, it came after a week of drama in which Neil Young and Joni Mitchell called for their music to be removed from Spotify due to the American commentator’s affiliation with the service.
Other musicians, including Graham Nash and India Arie, have since followed suit.
In their statement, Harry and Meghan said they oppose Spotify’s decision to host such data from April 2021.
In January 2020, Rogan addressed Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the UK in an episode of his podcast.
Speaking to former CIA agent Mike Baker, he said while imitating the Queen: “It’s that shameless little American he’s connected to. She’s going to turn him into a Kardashian. That shameless little American has ruined my prince.
Rogan continued, “They’re already so popular that all they need to do is start endorsing lines of makeup, sneakers, watches, and s***.”
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In a video addressing the recent Spotify controversy, shared on Monday (Jan 31), Rogan said he thinks “a lot of people had a distorted perception of what I do.”
“[My] The podcast has been accused of spreading dangerous misinformation, specifically about two episodes,” he continued. “I am not trying to promote misinformation. I’m not trying to be controversial. I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than talk to people and have interesting conversations.”
In Harry and Meghan’s statement, which they released through their organization Archewell Foundation, the couple said: “Since Archewell’s inception, we have worked to address the global misinformation crisis in real time.
“Hundreds of millions of people are affected by serious harm from misinformation and disinformation every day.”
They continued: “Last April, our co-founders began raising concerns with our partners at Spotify about the all-too-real consequences of Covid misinformation on their platform.
“We continue to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes are made to their platform to help address this public health crisis.
In the wake of the statement, Spotify has said it will add Covid-19 content advisory labels in response to the backlash caused by the controversy, a move Rogan has supported.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.