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Joe Rogan Slams CNN’s Coverage of His COVID-19 Diagnosis



The popular podcaster questioned whether or not he should sue the network after it was critical of his choice to take ivermectin, a drug that is unproven at being effective against COVID-19.

Joe Rogan Slams CNN

Podcaster Joe Rogan slammed CNN Tuesday over the network’s coverage of his choice to take the controversial drug ivermectin to fight COVID-19. 

“Bro, do I have to sue CNN? They’re making shit up,” Rogan said in his return to his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

They keep saying I’m taking horse dewormer. I literally got it from a doctor,” he added. “They must know that’s a lie.”

Ivermectin is best known as a horse dewormer, but it is also approved in specific doses to treat certain parasites in humans. Many, primarily those who are unvaccinated, have started taking it under the false impression that it can either cure or prevent COVID; however, the FDA has repeatedly said the drug is not effective against the virus and has warned against people using it for this purpose. 

“The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals,” the group said in a statement after cases of individuals poisoning themselves with the drug started making headlines. It also warned that the doses given to horses could be “highly toxic in humans.” 

Rogan faced a slew of backlash for touting the drug as one of his COVID remedies. CNN’s medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said the podcaster was “causing a great deal of public disservice” by spreading misinformation. 

“He’s promoting, kind of a crazy jumble of, you know, sort of folk remedies and internet-prescribed drugs,” Reiner added. “It’s, again, dangerous now. He should have more sense.”

During other segments on CNN, various other panelists and health experts discussed his choice to take the unproven drug. 

“What they didn’t highlight is that I got better,” Rogan said Tuesday. “They are trying to make it seem as if I’m doing some wacky shit that’s completely ineffective. And CNN was saying that I’m a distributor of misinformation.” 

Rogan announced last week that he tested positive for the COVID and said he “threw the kitchen sink at” the virus to fight it off. In addition to ivermectin, he took monoclonal antibodies, Z-Pak, prednisone, and vitamin drips. He did not say whether or not he was vaccinated. 

In the past, Rogan has made other false claims about COVID. He faced severe backlash in the spring after suggesting young and healthy people do not need the vaccine. 

Rogan Touts More Misinformation

During his comeback podcast, Rogan continued his streak of spouting off faulty information about the pandemic. At one point, he claimed that the use of ivermectin had been cleared in Japan. While the chair of the Tokyo Medical Association suggested the drug could be effective, the group does not represent the government and the government has not approved ivermectin. 

Rogan also spouted conspiracy theories regarding treatments and the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“One of the speculations involves the emergency use authorization for the vaccines,” Rogan said. “That, in order for there to be an emergency use authorization, there has to be no treatment for a disease. So because there is this treatment in ivermectin, and there’s other treatments too, so because of this there is a lot of pushback against potential treatments.”  

Rogan provided no evidence to back this claim. His argument further collapses on itself because the FDA has in fact backed COVID-19 treatments, including monoclonal antibodies. 

He then cited a grand conspiracy that claims that  pharmaceutical companies are in cahoots in the effort to suppress the effort to approve these “cures.” Though, it is worth noting that Merck, which makes ivermectin, is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Back in February, it said it does not believe the drug is effective against COVID-19.

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Chris Pratt Denies Association With Hillsong Church: “I’ve Never Actually Been”



The church has been accused of having anti-LGBTQ ties, something Pratt has taken a hit for. 

Pratt Addresses Hillsong Controversy 

After several years of facing criticism for his alleged ties to the controversial Hillsong Church, actor Chris Pratt said he has “never actually been” to the church and is “not a religious person.”

The Hillsong Church has been condemned for being anti-LGBTQ. The issue received increased attention in 2019 when actor Elliot Page tweeted, “If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed.” 

“Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides,” he continued.

At the time, Pratt responded to the allegations by saying that “nothing could be further from the truth” and that he believes “everyone is entitled to love who they want.” He doubled down on his denial in a profile published Tuesday in Men’s Health.

 “I never went to Hillsong. I’ve never actually been to Hillsong,” he told the outlet. “I don’t know anyone from that church.”

Instead, Pratt said he attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles, though not exclusively. According to Men’s Health, Zoe Church is not without its issues. The church was founded by a pastor who produced a film that equated “sexual brokeness” to “same-sex attraction.” Other outlets have also described it as a Hillsong affiliate. 

Pratt faced his biggest wave of backlash in 2020 when Internet memes declared him the “worst” Chris compared to other actors with the same first name, including Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Pine. A slew of celebrities quickly came to Pratt’s defense, arguing the criticism was unjustifiably mean. Their speedy responses only heightened the online conversation and many of the celebrities who spoke out were eventually mocked for doing so. 

Pratt Says He is Not Religious

As for why the Internet has become increasingly anti-Pratt, his alleged association to Hillsong was a major factor. Some also speculated he was a supporter of Donald Trump as he did not join his “Avengers” co-stars for a Joe Biden fundraiser, though Pratt is not usually politically outspoken in either direction.

Pratt believes the backlash against him started when he gave a speech at the MTV Movie Awards in 2018 where he said, “God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you.” He understands why those remarks may have rubbed people the wrong way. 

“Maybe it was hubris. For me to stand up on the stage and say the things that I said, I’m not sure I touched anybody,” he told Men’s Health. “Religion has been oppressive as fuck for a long time. I didn’t know that I would kind of become the face of religion when really I’m not a religious person.”

He went on to explain that in his eyes, there is a difference between adhering to certain customs and believing in God versus using God to control and harm people and justify hatred.

“The evil that’s in the heart of every single man has glommed on to the back of religion and come along for the ride,” he said.

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Jodie Sweetin Releases Statement After Getting Pushed By Officers at Pro-Choice Protest: “This Will Not Deter Us”



“Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right,” she wrote on Instagram.

Actress Pushed at Protest

After viral footage showed Jodie Sweetin getting pushed to the ground by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department while attending a pro-choice protest, the “Full House” actress said demonstraters “will continue fighting” for their rights. 

Sweetin was attending a protest off the 101 freeway on Saturday following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Photojournalist Mike Ade, who captured the video, said the actress was “trying to lead a group of peaceful protestors away from the freeway” when officers pushed her. Sweetin was standing on a curb when she was pushed and fell down on the cement road. Ade wrote that she was “fortunately…okay.”

Ade shared a handful of other videos depicting officers using similar tactics on other protesters. As these videos started circulating online, many became outraged by the LAPD’s response to the protests.

Sweetin Addresses Incident

Following the incident, Sweetin released a statement where she said the fight against the court’s decision is not over. 

“I’m extremely proud of the hundreds of people who showed up yesterday to exercise their First Amendment rights and take immediate action to peacefully protest the giant injustices that have been delivered from our Supreme Court,” Sweetin said. “Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken. This will not deter us, we will continue fighting for our rights. We are not free until ALL of us are free.”

Sweetin also shared footage of the incident and other clips of officers clashing with protesters on her Instagram story. She cheered protesters in a comment on a video of the push shared by a social justice group called The Progressivists.

“Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right,” she wrote.

According to a statement obtained by Deadline, the LAPD is looking into the matter. 

“The LAPD is aware of a video clip of a woman being pushed to the ground by officers not allowing the group to enter on foot and overtake the 101 freeway,” the statement said. “The force used will be evaluated against the LAPD’s policy and procedure.”

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Dave Chappelle Decides Against Having Former High School’s Theater Named After Him



“The idea that my name will be turned into an instrument of someone else’s perceived oppression is untenable to me,” the comedian reportedly said.

Theater Named Announced

Comedian Dave Chappelle opted on Monday to not have the theater at his alma mater high school named after him, according to a report from The Washington Post

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. previously planned to name its theater in honor of Chappelle, as he is a distinct alum and donor. While Chappelle formerly said such a gesture would be “the most significant honor of [his] life,” he announced during Monday’s naming ceremony that it would bear a different title. 

The school’s theater will instead be called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression. 

A naming ceremony was initially set to take place in November, but was postponed after the comedian began facing backlash for transphobic jokes in his Netflix special “The Closer.”

Among other things, he said he was “Team TERF,” which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist. He also made a joke about Caitlyn Jenner and remarks comparing the genitalia of transgender women to Beyond and Impossible meat.

The jokes embroiled Chappelle in controversy, and reports claimed that some students at Duke Ellington took issue with the comments. When Chappelle ended up visiting the school amid the scandal, Politico reported that one student told the comedian, “I’m 16 and I think you’re childish, you handled it like a child.”

Chappelle Defends Controversial Special 

According to The Post, Chappelle said the criticism against him “sincerely” hurt, but added that “the Ellington Family is my family.” He claimed he did not want the theater being named after him to distract students. 

“The idea that my name will be turned into an instrument of someone else’s perceived oppression is untenable to me,” he said according to Josh Rogin, a columnist for the outlet.

Rogin also tweeted that Chappelle took time out of the ceremony to slam the criticisms levied against him, accusing upset students of promoting someone else’s agenda. 

“These kids didn’t understand that they were instruments of oppression,” he reportedly said. 

“You cannot report on an artist’s work and remove artistic nuance,” Chappelle continued while denouncing the press coverage of his Netflix special. 

According to David Frum, a staff writer for The Atlantic who attended the ceremony, Chappelle suggested he was open to potentially adding his name to the theater at a later date when the community is ready. 

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