• Joe Rogan is under fire for "misinformation" comments in regards to vaccines
  • Some musicians, like Neil Young, pulled their music from Spotify in protest
  • Jon Stewart thinks this is a moment for educating

Jon Stewart has no use for cancel culture! The TV personality and journalist weighed in on how he feels about the controversy surrounding Joe Rogan and his podcast comments.

Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, is one of the most highly streamed podcasts on the platform, and Rogan's comments about vaccines not being necessary have left some people angry, considering he has a monthly listener rate of 11 million people.

Jon Stewart wants understanding not punishment

During Jon Stewart's podcast, The Problem with Jon Stewart, Stewart weighed in on the controversy surrounding Spotify and Joe Rogan, saying that he doesn't agree with Neil Young.

Neil Young, who has been very vocal about his support for not just the vaccine but the proper mandate supporting the Coronavirus pandemic, pulled his music from Spotify following Joe Rogan's comments, saying that he wouldn't support a platform that allowed the spreading of misinformation.

"First of all, I love Neil Young and I love Neil Young’s music. But the idea that it was worth $4 billion in value to Spotify? Caught me off guard," Stewart laughed. 

He then went on to say what he thinks Spotify needs to do with Rogan, who has also since publicly come out to apologize for his comments. 

"Don't leave. Don't abandon. Don't censor. Engage," he said. He went on to share that Rogan is "not in my mind an ideologue in any way."

He used an episode of Rogan as an example, in which he misspoke about the efficacy of COVID vaccines in children getting myocarditis from them, versus the other way around in which children who catch COVID are actually more at risk. Later, Rogan came forward and admitted he misspoke and was wrong with his information.

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"That’s a person that you can engage with," Stewart said. "There’s no question that there is egregious misinformation that’s purposeful and hateful and all those other things, and that being moderated is a credit to the platforms that run them."

He added, "But this overreaction to Rogan, I think, is a mistake. He has four-hour conversations. They are expansive, and he may say things you think is misinformation, and he may platform people that you think are wrong, but to single that out as something so egregious."

He continued, "I think there are dishonest, bad actors in the world, and identifying those is so much more important to me."