The FDA issued several statements in recent weeks warning that ivermectin is not approved for “use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans” after misinformation caused many COVID patients to take the drug.
Joe Rogan Takes Ivermectin
Popular podcaster Joe Rogan announced Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 and took several treatments, including the controversial unproven drug ivermectin.
In an Instagram video, Rogan said that before testing positive, he began feeling sick, weary, and had a fever. He claimed he is feeling better now and thanked “modern medicine” for reviving him, but he did not say whether he had previously been vaccinated against the virus.
“We immediately threw the kitchen sink at it, all kinds of meds,” Rogan said in the video announcing his diagnosis. “Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak, prednisone, everything. And I also got an NAD drop and a vitamin drip and a vitamin drip.”
Doctors might take some issues with a handful of Rogan’s selected remedies, but his use of ivermectin is specifically turning heads. While the drug has been approved in specific doses to treat certain parasites in humans, it has recently become known as a horse dewormer that some are taking under the false impression that it can either cure or prevent COVID.
The FDA issued a statement warning against the use of the drug, saying it has “not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans.” It also warned that misuse of the drug can be dangerous and the doses given to horses could be “highly toxic in humans.” According to The New York Times, poison control calls regarding ivermectin have jumped “fivefold” since July.
While this is not always the case, those rushing to take ivermectin are often the same people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19, even though the vaccines have been proven to be both safe and effective.
Rogan’s History of Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation
Rogan’s choice to tout ivermectin as one of his COVID cures is just the latest instance of the podcaster — who hosts the most-listened-to podcast on Spotify — spreading dangerous misinformation regarding COVID-19.
In the spring he faced serious backlash from health officials for saying young and healthy people do not need to get vaccinated. He ended up slightly walking back his remarks, saying at the time that he is just a “moron” and not a trusted source for health information. Still, many felt his stupidity claims hardly suffice as a proper excuse for someone with a loyal following of millions of people who trust his opinion.
Since then, Rogan has only continued to downplay the virus and suggest it is something the public does not need to worry about. He has spoken out against vaccine requirements, and he spread further misinformation in August by falsely claiming that COVID vaccines could cause super mutations of the virus, which experts quickly denounced.
Doctor’s Tackle Rogan’s List of COVID Treatments
Some of his other COVID treatments have also been slammed by doctors. YouTube’s Dr. Mike Varshavski, for instance, made a video evaluating each treatment Rogan listed, giving a seal of approval to monoclonal antibodies. Others, however, caused him to issue words of caution.
Varshavski said Rogan’s choice to use a Z-pack, which is an antibiotic, does not “go hand in hand” to treat a virus. In fact, he said doctors often discourage using antibiotics to treat viruses because they can further complicate symptoms. Regarding his use of prednisone, a steroid that is used to treat seriously ill and hospitalized COVID-19 patients, Varshavski said that unless Rogan was incredibly sick, the drug might not play a role in recovery.
Varshavski also slammed the use of vitamin and NAD IV therapy as “marketing scams” that are made to profit off peoples’ fear of the virus.
“There is no proof either of these things help with COVID 19,” he said. “Preventing it, making it less severe, none of the above.”
Varshavski noted that as long as a person eats a balanced diet — which Rogan says he does and claims is one of the reasons he feels he has nothing to fear over COVID — these drips are not needed. He added that in some cases, too much of these vitamins can end up being a bad thing.
See what others are saying: (The New York Times) (The Hollywood Reporter) (Los Angeles Times)
“Emancipation” Producer Apologizes, Hopes He Did Not “Distract” From Film’s Message By Bringing Photo of Enslaved Man to Premiere
He said he plans on donating his collection of historical images to appropriate institutions.
McFarland Brings “Whipped Pete” Photo to Premiere
“Emancipation” producer Joey McFarland apologized on Sunday after facing backlash for bringing the original 1863 photo of the enslaved person the film is based on to the premiere.
“I wholeheartedly apologize to everyone I have offended by bringing a photograph of Peter to the Emancipation premiere,” he wrote in a statement on Instagram. “My intent was to honor this remarkable man and to remind the general public that his image not only brought about change in 1863 but still resonates and promotes change today.”
The photo, frequently dubbed “Whipped Peter,” is one of the most famous images depicting the gruesome realities of slavery in America. He is facing away from the camera, revealing the severe scarring all across his back. According to the Library of Congress, the formerly enslaved man was actually named Gordon. Will Smith plays him in “Emancipation,” which follows his escape from slavery.
While walking the red carpet of the film’s premiere, McFarland carried the photo with him.
“I have the photo. This is the original photograph from 1863,” he told Variety. “I wanted it to be here tonight. I wanted a piece of Peter to be here tonight.”
While lamenting the fact that so many historical artifacts have not been properly preserved, McFarland told Variety that he “took it upon [him]self to curate and build a collection for future generations.” He said his collection will be donated after he dies.
His remarks were met with swift criticism from those who thought it was inappropriate for McFarland to not just own the picture, but to bring it to a Hollywood event.
“Why do you own the photograph? Why did you bring it to a movie premiere if the intent is to preserve it respectfully?” The Black List founder Franklin Leonard tweeted.
“I don’t know, man, but bringing ‘a piece of Peter’ that you ‘own’ to the red carpet of a movie that’s personally enriching you so that you can collect more slave memorabilia that you’ll keep until your death,” he added along with a giphy of Kenan Thompson saying “yikes.”
McFarland Acknowledges Historical Photos “Belong to the World”
Others argued that the photo should belong to Gordon’s family.
“Being in possession of a symbol that reflects our trauma is exactly what our oppressor would do. He is his ancestor’s child,” another person added.
In his apology, McFarland said that he hopes his actions “don’t distract from the film’s message, Peter’s story and just how much impact he had on the world.”
Throughout the development of “Emancipation,” McFarland said he discovered many photos of overlooked individuals with important historical stories. He said he always planned to donate them and believes “there is no better time to begin that process than now.”
“These photographs, which existed before me, will be around long after I am gone; they belong to the world,” he wrote.
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Joe Rogan Holds Spot As Top Podcaster on Spotify in 2022
Earlier this year, some threatened to boycott the platform over Rogan and the health misinformation he shared on his show.
For the third year in a row, “The Joe Rogan Experience” was the number one podcast on Spotify, the company revealed in its yearly “Wrapped” feature on Wednesday.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” became exclusive to Spotify in 2020 after the host signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming platform. “Call Her Daddy” by Alex Cooper, also a Spotify exclusive, followed Rogan on the charts. “Anything Goes With Emma Chamberlain,” which will become exclusive to the service next year, came in third.
Rogan’s podcast has made several headlines over the last year as the podcaster faced backlash from medical professionals and major musicians for touting COVID-19 misinformation. Niel Young asked to have his music removed from Spotify in protest of the company’s deal with Rogan, and several other artists soon followed.
Just a few days later, several clips resurfaced of Rogan using a racial slur. Many called to boycott Spotify for platforming Rogan, but his popularity did not seem to fade by the year’s end.
There are over four million podcasts available to stream on Spotify and over the last year, the platform has expanded into new markets.
It also has started launching podcasts from several high-profile figures, including Kim Kardashian’s “The System,” and Meghan Markle’s “Archetypes.” Both of those debuted mid-year and did not crack the annual top-five list.
Comedian Gives David Beckham Ultimatum: Exit Role at Qatar World Cup Or £10K in Donations Gets Shredded
“Not just the money, but also your status as a gay icon will be shredded,” Joe Lycett said in a video.
Pressure on Beckham
Comedian Joe Lycett posted a video on Sunday saying he would shred £10,000 if soccer star David Beckham does not pull out of his deal to be an ambassador for the Qatar World Cup.
Ahead of the event, which kicks off on Nov. 20, many have been raising concerns about human rights abuses in Qatar. The country criminalizes homosexuality, and it can be punishable by death.
Beckham’s deal to represent the country was reportedly worth £10 million, and many are frustrated that the athlete took such a big check from a country with known anti-LGBTQ laws. In his video, Lycett noted that Beckham has been openly supportive of his gay fans and was the first premiere footballer to do a photoshoot with a gay magazine.
In an attempt to get Beckham to bow out of his role, Lycett, who is pansexual, offered an ultimatum.
“If you end your relationship with Qatar, I’ll donate this £10,000 of my own money, that’s a grand for every million you’re reportedly getting, to charities that support queer people in football,” he stated. “However, if you do not, at midday next Sunday, I will throw this money into a shredder.”
“Not just the money, but also your status as a gay icon will be shredded.”
Beckham’s Reputation “Shredded”
Lycett said he would livestream the money shredding if that’s what the situation comes to. If Beckham does not back out of the World Cup, Lycett noted he will be forced to “commit what might be a crime,” as destroying legal tender is against the law in the U.K.
“Although even then, I reckon I’ll get off more lightly than I would if I got caught whacking off a lad in Doha,” Lycett quipped.
Lycett then linked to a website titled https://benderslikebeckham.com/, which includes a written version of his message, as well as a countdown to when he will either shred the cash or send it to a non-profit.
Lycett is not the only U.K star to raise concerns about issues in Qatar. Singer Dua Lipa shut down speculation that she would be performing at the World Cup over the weekend by saying she has no intentions to visit the country until “it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host” the event.
Other stars, however, including BTS’s Jung Kook, are slated to take the stage.