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Dr. Fauci Says Joe Rogan Was “Incorrect” To Advise Young People Against Vaccination

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  • Comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan is being accused of spreading misinformation after suggesting during an April 23 episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” that young people should not get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • “For the most part, I think it’s safe to get vaccinated,” he said. “But if you’re, like, 21-years-old and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I would go ‘no.’”
  • He added that healthy young people who eat well and exercise don’t “need to worry about this.” 
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Rogan’s remarks were “incorrect” and added, “you can get infected and will get infected if you put yourself at risk. And even if you don’t have any symptoms, you’re propagating the outbreak.”

Rogan Tells Young People To Not Get Vaccinated

Comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan is facing backlash after suggesting that young people should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

He made the controversial remarks during an April 23 episode of his show, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” A clip of it went viral on Twitter after Media Matters reported on it Tuesday. Rogan has been a trending subject on Twitter since then.

“Yeah, for the most part, I think it’s safe to get vaccinated. I do, I do,” he said while speaking to his guest, comedian Dave Smith. “But if you’re, like, 21-years-old and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I would go ‘no.’ 

“Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person?” he continued. “Like look, don’t do anything stupid, but you should take care of yourself. If you’re a healthy person all the time 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.” 

He later said he found it “crazy” that people want to vaccinate their children and said that when his kids contracted the virus, it was akin to a cold.

His remarks outraged many because while young people might be less likely to die of the virus than elderly populations, they can still get serious cases of COVID-19. Plenty of young and healthy people who have contracted the virus continue to deal with long-haul symptoms. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, in the first five months of the pandemic, 4,535 Americans aged 25-44 died of COVID-19.

Rogan Faces Backlash For Spreading Misinformation

By Wednesday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, disputed Rogan’s claims on “The Today Show.”

“Well that’s incorrect and the reason why is you’re talking about yourself in a vacuum then,” Dr. Fauci explained. “You’re worried about yourself getting infected and the likelihood that you’re not gonna get any symptoms. But you can get infected and will get infected if you put yourself at risk.”

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“And even if you don’t have any symptoms,” he continued, “you’re propagating the outbreak because it is likely that you — even if you have no symptoms — that you may inadvertently and innocently then infect someone else who might infect someone who really could have a problem with a severe outcome.” 

Dr. Fauci is not the only person to encourage young people to get vaccinated following Rogan’s comments. YouTuber and podcast host Ethan Klein said, “That’s how we stop the spread. Not rocket science guys.”

“The people who watch Joe Rogan’s show are the people we desperately need to vaccinate in order to speed up the end of the pandemic,” wrote Daily Beast editor Molly Jong-Fast. “Joe isn’t just endangering their lives he’s endangering the rest of us too.”

Spotify Credits Some Recent Success to Rogan

Rogan is one of the most popular podcasters in the world and has a far-reaching audience. His show is exclusively hosted by Spotify, and he regularly sits at the top of the platform’s podcast charts. Spotify even credits him with some of its recent successes. 

On Wednesday, the company shared its quarterly earnings report. The streaming giant announced its monthly active users went up 24% year-over-year to 356 million, and that its subscribers went up 21% to 158 million. 

The report cited the popularity of several pieces of content, first naming Rogan’s podcast. 

“The Joe Rogan Experience performed above expectations with respect to new user additions and engagement,” it said. 

Spotify has removed other instances of COVID-19 misinformation before. It has also removed a handful of episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Some have called on Spotify to remove the April 23 episode to limit the spread of Rogan’s message. A source told The Verge that Spotify did review the episode but chose to leave it up because Rogan did not come across as outwardly anti-vaccine and did not make a direct call to action.

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Chrissy Teigen Apologizes To Courtney Stodden Following Backlash Over Old Tweets

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  • In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Courtney Stodden, who gained tabloid attention a decade ago after marrying 51-year-old Doug Hutchison at the age of 16, said model Chrissy Teigen would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself.”
  • The direct messages have not been verified but Internet users dug up old tweets Teigen posted telling Stodden to take a “dirt nap.”
  • Many called Teigen out for harassing a then-teenager and telling them to die, especially since Teigen has been vocal about her own experiences with online hate, which prompted her to temporarily leave Twitter earlier this year.
  • On Wednesday, Teigen apologized to Stodden and said she was “ashamed and completely embarrassed” by her past remarks.

Courtney Stodden Speaks Out

Model and television personality Chrissy Teigen apologized on Wednesday for old comments she allegedly made 10 years ago, encouraging then-teenager Courtney Stodden to kill themself. 

In a profile by The Daily Beast, Stodden (who uses they/them pronouns) accused Teigen of sending them messages encouraging suicide.

“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself,” Stoddon told The Daily Beast, referring to Teigen. “Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.’”

Teigen became a trending topic on Tuesday as people began sharing the article. Now, she is finally addressing the controversy.

“Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bullshit in front of the entire world,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that is nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel.”

Stodden made headlines in 2011 after marrying 51-year-old Doug Hutchison at the age of 16. The couple has since divorced, but at the time of their marriage, their relationship was the subject of incessant tabloid coverage. Rather than show concern for Stodden’s situation as a victim of grooming, the media and public shamed and ridiculed them relentlessly. 

Teigen was one of many stars that Stodden said used to mock them. Stodden told The Daily Beast that “The View “co-host Joy Behar referred to them as a “slut” and musician Courtney Love called them a “whore.” They also claimed that of all the celebrities to use such harsh language, the only one to apologize since is Perez Hilton.

Chrissy Teigen Faces Backlash

While the direct messages Teigen allegedly sent have not been verified, several Twitter users recovered and shared old tweets Teigen posted at the height of Stodden’s fame. In one, Teigen says her “fantasy” would be for Stodden to take “a dirt nap.” In another, she told Stodden to “go to sleep forever.”

Many called the star out for bullying a 16-year-old. 

“Chrissy Teigen tried to bully a 16yo abuse victim into suicide?” one person wrote. “This is so much more than ‘oh she’s annoying on twitter’ she’s a fucking monster.”

Some claimed that her tweets should be considered a violation of Twitter’s terms of service. Others noted that earlier this year, Teigen temporarily left Twitter, citing copious amounts of online hate. Some found it hypocritical that she previously incited that same hate, then left the platform when it was being directed towards her. 

“I’m so sorry, Courtney. I hope you can heal now knowing how deeply sorry I am,” Teigen continued on Wednesday, adding that she wants to constantly work to be a better person.

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Ellen DeGeneres Announces End of Her Daytime Talk Show

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  • In a Hollywood Reporter interview published Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres revealed that she is ending her talk show after its upcoming 19th season.
  • Many believe the decision came in response to toxic workplace allegations the host and her show faced last summer, but DeGeneres said the plans were in motion far before that because the show is no longer challenging enough for her. 
  • Staffers were notified of the decision Tuesday and DeGeneres will discuss the news on Wednesday’s episode of her show with Oprah Winfrey, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ellen DeGeneres Show To End With Season 19

Ellen DeGeneres is officially pulling the plug on her daytime talk show.

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian and host announced that her upcoming 19th season will be her last. She informed staff of the decision Tuesday and will discuss the news on Wednesday’s episode of her show with Oprah Winfrey.

“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres said when explaining the reasoning behind her choice to end the show.

People on social media have, of course, taken issue with that statement. Many noted that the decision comes now that DeGeneres has fallen out of much of the public’s favor.

Last summer, several people made claims about DeGeneres’ alleged cold or rude demeanor as others began criticizing her old interviews. Buzzfeed then published a report with allegations of a toxic workplace culture, which included sexual harassment, racism, and intimidation claims, among other things.

Plans Were in Motion for Some Time, DeGeneres Said

Still, DeGeneres said ending the show now was always the plan. She actually said she wanted to stop after Season 16, and her wife Portia de Rossi had also been urging her to move on.

Executives behind the show, however, pushed for four additional year and they ultimately settled on three, with DeGeneres knowing that season 19 would be her last.

In the article, she specifically addresses the summer allegations saying, “It almost impacted the show. It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season. So, it’s not why I’m stopping.

She also framed the claims about her character as “ridiculous,” saying they attacked everything she stands for and destroyed her.

As far as the toxic workplace allegations, DeGeneres said she learned of them through the press and didn’t want to believe them at first.

“So, there was an internal investigation, obviously, and we learned some things but this culture we’re living is [is one where] no one can make mistakes,” she added.

“And I don’t want to generalize because there are some bad people out there and those people shouldn’t work again but, in general, the culture today is one where you can’t learn and grow, which is, as human beings, what we’re here to do. And I can see people looking at that going, ‘You don’t care about what people [went through.]’ I care tremendously. It broke my heart when I learned that people here had anything other than a fantastic experience.”

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Seth Rogen Says He Has No Plans To Work With James Franco “Right Now” Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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  • In an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times, actor Seth Rogen was asked about his relationship with longtime collaborator James Franco, who has been accused of misconduct and sexually exploitative behavior by multiple women. 
  • In response to claims that Rogen was Franco’s enabler, he said, “What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment, and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that. 
  • He also expressed regret over a 2014 joke he made on “Saturday Night Live,” which many felt trivialized Franco’s inappropriate communication with a 17-year-old. 
  • “I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now,” he added.

Seth Rogen Addresses James Franco Controversies

Actor and comedian Seth Rogen was asked about his relationship with fellow film star James Franco in a new interview with Britain’s Sunday Times.

Franco and Rogen are friends and longtime collaborators who’ve done hit films together, including “Pineapple Express,” “The Disaster Artist,” “The Interview,” and “Sausage Party,” among others.

In 2014, Franco was exposed for trying to pick up a 17-year-old through Instagram direct messages. In 2018, five women publicly accused him of inappropriate and sexually exploitative behavior, which he denied. Two of those women, who were students at an acting school he ran, then filed a lawsuit against him and agreed to a settlement this year.

Throughout these controversies, Rogen has faced a ton of backlash for continuing to show Franco support.

Last month, actress Charlyne Yi took to Instagram to open up about her experience working on “The Disaster Artist,” accusing Franco of being a “predator” and Rogen of being his “enabler.”

When asked about that specific claim, Rogen said, “What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment, and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that.”

No Current Plans To Work Together

Rogen also expressed regret over a 2014 joke he made on “Saturday Night Live,” which many felt trivialized Franco’s inappropriate communication with the 17-year-old.

“It was a terrible joke, honestly. And I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now,” he continued.

When asked how Franco’s scandals have impacted their relationship, Rogen said, “I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic.”

Still, he noted that changes are “not as painful and difficult as it is for a lot of other people involved. I have no pity for myself in this situation.

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