“I’m Not a Doctor, I’m a Fu*king Moron’- Joe Rogan Responds to Criticism on Spreading Misinformation

Published 05/05/2021, 11:27 AM EDT
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Joe Rogan is seen in the commentary booth during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC’s color commentator, Joe Rogan, has faced some heavy criticism for his comments on the COVID-19 vaccines. In a recent episode of his Podcast with comedian Dave Smith, Rogan shared his feelings towards the whole vaccination procedure.

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Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person? Like, look, don’t do anything stupid, but you should take care of yourself. You should—if you’re a healthy person and you’re exercising all the time and you’re young and you’re eating well, like, I don’t think you need to worry about this,” said Rogan.

PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 01: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on November 1, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

White House communication director Kate Benningfield took notice of Rogan’s comments. He was far from impressed with those words. In an interview with CNN, Benningfield said, “Did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking? I’m not sure that taking scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan is perhaps the most productive way for people to get their information.

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Joe Rogan responds to criticisms

Rogan then went on to say in another episode of JRE, that he is “Not an anti-vaxx” person. “I’m not a doctor, I’m a f*cking moron and I’m a cage fighting commentator who’s a dirty standup comedian who just told you I’m drunk most of the time and I do testosterone and I smoke a lot of weed. But I’m not a respected source of information, even for me,” said Rogan.

Rogan‘s comments came at a critical time. Especially, in India, cases have been growing at a rapid rate. There are almost 20 million cases in the country with as many as 220,000 fatalities. So, those words from a popular influence like him might have some negative impact, as it was heard by millions across the world.

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NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 18: Commentator Joe Rogan looks on during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Fitness and youth can be a great remedy for the coronavirus. However, there are many young and healthy people who have fallen victim to the pandemic. So, it would have been better on his part to share some actual facts rather than passing his judgment on such a sensitive issue. Because what he says impacts a lot of people and his audience count him as a wise man with knowledge.

What did you make of Joe Rogan’s response? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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