Dwayne Johnson fans divided over Joe Rogan Spotify support

By Alexandra Heilbron on February 2, 2022 | 40 Comments

Joe Rogan instagramAfter Dwayne Johnson wrote words of support on Joe Rogan’s Instagram account, he’s received harsh feedback from fans (see above). Johnson responded to a video the controversial host posted in which Rogan tried to explain his platform, saying, “I’m not trying to promote misinformation.”

Rogan has openly supported using Ivermectin — a medicine used most commonly to kill internal parasites — to cure people with COVID-19. Spotify, which recently picked up Rogan’s podcast, plans to put a disclaimer on episodes that deal with COVID.

One of Johnson’s fans commented, “Never been so disappointed in my life.” Another wrote: “Highly disappointed in you for supporting a man spreading medical disinformation about a pandemic.” More comments included, “How cute that you support someone who enables white supremacy in every facet of his life,” and “No bro not you!!!! Have to unfollow brother. We need better role models,” while some said he’d lost them as fans, including this one:  “Wow. Unbelievably disappointed. I can’t support you if you’re going to support the spread of information that will get people killed. Sorry Rock. You lost a fan.”

Some Spotify users have deleted their accounts, including Sharon Stone, who told TMZ: “COVID and infectious diseases are science, and they are fact-based situations. So the pretence that these are opinions is dangerous, and his behavior is dangerous.”Tweet by CNN Fact checker Daniel Dale

Just 24 hours after apologizing for sharing COVID-19 misinformation on his podcast and promising to “have all the pertinent facts at hand,” Rogan tweeted a post with false information about Ivermectin, saying it was effective against Omicron in a phase III clinical trial. He quickly deleted the tweet after it became clear the article he was referring to was incorrect — Reuters had published a correction more than 10 hours before Rogan tweeted the incorrect information, according to CNN fact checker Daniel Dale.

Musicians Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen guitarist Nis Lofgren, India Arie and Neil Young’s former bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, have all pulled their music from Spotify because of Rogan’s podcast, due to the spread of “lies costing people their lives.”

Are you a Spotify subscriber? How do you feel about the controversy? Do you stand with the musicians and Sharon Stone, or Joe Rogan and Dwayne Johnson? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Rowan • February 2, 2022 @ 4:31 PM

    He not only spreads false information, but he’s a redneck Trump supporter, white supremacist and trophy hunter. He posts videos of animals being killed. He’s sick in the head. I’ve cancelled my Spotify subscription. Apple has been offering six months free for several months. I finally took them up on it and it turns out they have songs and artists I couldn’t even find on Spotify.

  2. ADH • February 2, 2022 @ 11:21 PM

    No Dwayne Noooo…

  3. Fern Dubeau • February 3, 2022 @ 9:38 AM

    Who died directly from Joe Rogan’s lies??

  4. Peter • February 3, 2022 @ 9:44 AM

    I read a news article about a guy who was in the hospital for Covid and his wife gave him Ivermectin and then he died. Probably not from the Ivermectin, but it sure didn’t cure him.

  5. Mel • February 3, 2022 @ 9:53 AM

    Ugh…Dwayne, so sad to bid you adieu, but science is science, and racist right wing conjecture is just that. Talk to the elders about polio dude, all those non-science sponges have their polio vaccine for a reason. Vaccine is the only medicine we have right now and its preventing death, maybe not getting the big C, but not dying from it is a special kinda gift.

  6. Reign • February 3, 2022 @ 10:12 AM

    I am sorry that people will not listen to the experts on Covid. These anti-vaxxers are actually killing [ murdering ] innocent people because of their stupidity. Wake up ! Why would you even consider taking a chance if it meant you could infect someone else ? What if you infected a loved one ? Would infecting your own family & maybe killing them be enough to wake you up ?

  7. John Layne • February 3, 2022 @ 10:31 AM

    Looking into alternatives to Spotify now. Listened to Joe Rogan once and that was enough. This was before COVID. But seeing Dwayne’s response just solidified my intent to cut loose. Big disappointment, Dwayne. I’m cutting you loose too! Judging from your earlier pro-vaccine statements, this is a kick in the nuts!

  8. lorena • February 3, 2022 @ 10:48 AM

    Oh Lord- when oh when will this all end?

  9. dee dee • February 3, 2022 @ 10:51 AM

    he quotes himself saying he’s not trying to be controversial his whole podcast radio show whatever it’s called it’s all about controversial and the gas he has on he doesn’t like their point of you he makes fun of them which is not appropriate in my opinion if you’re the host you should actually have no opinion you should be putting the question forward on both devils advocate and I need to side you know

  10. Debra • February 3, 2022 @ 10:53 AM

    I love you!!”The Rock” well just.. ROCKS!! I would of been shocked if you were rooting the other way, as it’s so obvious what a great person you are with awesome morals and values! Refreshing to see in a world that’s losing all..

  11. Jules • February 3, 2022 @ 10:58 AM

    So disappointing! All the lives affected by Covid and it boils down to JR spewing nonsense as though he’s a medical expert…. and just because misinformation is retracted afterwards does not make it ok. Rock… you were such a positive role model… say it isn’t so?!

  12. paul • February 3, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

    I just added the spotify app to support Joe Rogan and The Rock!!

  13. Trina • February 3, 2022 @ 12:08 PM

    So tired of these celebrities thinking they know more than scientist. Listen to the real scientist and doctors not celebreties and influencers. Use to like the rock but looks like he just wants to sell more tequila and talk to dumbasses like Rogen.

  14. Gary Johnston • February 3, 2022 @ 12:28 PM

    Jeez, thought I had found a muscle bound wrestler with some smarts. Just another sheep following any idiot.

  15. Rob • February 3, 2022 @ 1:38 PM

    Bye Rock, sorry dude I can’t support what you’re saying. I’m truly hurt my favorite wrestler of all time is now a Rogan supporter. BTW Rogan is the worst comic on the face of the earth…..

  16. Chantal • February 3, 2022 @ 1:45 PM

    Love you Dwayne and Rogan nothing more to say im gonna buy a member ship to spotify rignt now.

  17. Nikki • February 3, 2022 @ 2:01 PM

    Omg…DJ’s manager must have been on vacation or he needs to put a tighter leash on him lol…their entertainment material is obviously really really bad and very dangerous to all the dummies out there.

  18. Sandi • February 3, 2022 @ 2:02 PM

    Of course all this pandemic is BS and Rogan knows that, the only misinformation is coming from this communist nazi Biden government

  19. Paul • February 3, 2022 @ 2:06 PM

    Not the other Paul. Don’t like JOE and very disappointed In The Rock. Sorry boys not a right wing guy.

  20. Cat • February 3, 2022 @ 2:25 PM

    Rogan is the worst of the worst. Knowingly spreading medical misinformation that impacts on others – knowingly and passing that off as “entertainment” – disgusting! Certainly changes my view of the Rock too. Spotify only cares about profit with their “we label it as misinformation” while supplying the means to spread it! Garbage!

  21. Kim Tanti • February 3, 2022 @ 2:58 PM

    People have to ask themself. Why can you not get Ivermecton any more? If the gov. Is so concerned for our health why ban it when it has helped so many? Big Pharma is not making much money from it. This whole thing was CREATED for the elite to make money and they sure are. Google Georgia guid stones if in doubt.

  22. James • February 3, 2022 @ 3:03 PM

    Rogan is a redneck and amazingly stupid (see his “edit” in above instagram post). If Johnson agrees with him, then he’s just as stupid. I won’t be listening to the podcast, and won’t be paying to see anything with Johnson in it. They’re both dangerous idiots.

  23. Dwayne Macpherson • February 3, 2022 @ 3:06 PM

    Wow so Rock is supporting a guy who is a beacon for white supremacists? So I guess you being a Canadian product your black dad and Samoan mother makes you the type of person white supremacist just love to use as a front to be racist and say look we are fine because we have this “great” POC supporting us. SMDH

  24. Brock • February 3, 2022 @ 4:12 PM

    If you don’t like the music, sports, people, movies ect.. Turn it off. $$ drives the platform. If you have a brain use it.. I wonder how many people who watch college/NFL games in crowded stadiums were vacinnate or wearing mask. Most of my camera views saw no mask. No empty stadiums. Did not see reports of outbreaks in any of those major cities that hosted those games. Science is so absolute and seems to change with weather just like the virus and its ability to mutate.

  25. Chris • February 3, 2022 @ 5:56 PM

    It’s obvious who here actually listens to Rogan and who is just parroting ridiculous woke BS.

  26. Tea • February 3, 2022 @ 6:24 PM

    This goes way beyond memberships to Spotify promoted by Apple! It’s all about the unholy $$$$$$ dollar!! All of these “people” and big companies, including the Billion dollar company Apple, are ONLY concerned about making their money. Period!! Not one of them cares about the people who have died from COVID 19, all the suffering of every day, ordinary people and families. People who are not rich, in fact, most are quite poor and from all areas of the world, struggling to just have NECESSITIES of life and they HAVE to go to jobs that put them at extreme risk, even with vaccinations intact.
    I was taught that you care about your neighbour, and you show this by your actions!!

  27. Alan • February 3, 2022 @ 7:42 PM

    I can’t believe how sensitive people are in the comments! Trust the Science! Yes the same science that says men can give birth to babies! Wake up folks! You have had 3 jabs and your still getting Covid! People still can’t realize they have been fooled! The whole thing is about power and Covid gave the WEF agents a window of opportunity to implement their Communist agenda.

  28. Jason • February 4, 2022 @ 10:28 AM

    Alan, the people with 3 jabs may be getting covid, but they’re not dying of it. The people without vaccinations are dying terrible deaths. Vaccinations save lives. Not being vaccinated is just ignorant.

  29. ALLEN McDANIEL • February 4, 2022 @ 5:38 PM

    It’s like Salem ova heah! People I wouldn’t want to meet on the street- seeing ‘commies’ and Nazis behind every tree. It’s be comical if it weren’t so Scary- cuz people actually BELIEVE a lot of this stuff- the ‘Us against the Forves of Evil’ folks are the same ones that need guns to prove they are men…or women. Love thy Neighbor. Only Love conquers Hate…AND Evil. PRAY. Still no one thinks that how we are Living on this Planet- and Treating it- may be at the ROOT of all of this mayhem! And Nature and a little microbe brings an entire Planet to it’s KNEES- but no one wonders WHY- only that Man- in his arrogance- ‘can FIX it’!

  30. Greg • February 4, 2022 @ 6:46 PM

    So if you believe science discovered IVERMECTIN for killing worms and parasites for HORSES not for Humans and you are willing to put it in your body because of the recommendations of right wings republicans ( WHO MANY OF THEM ARE FULLY VACCINATED BUT LIES ABOUT IT) and right wings podcasters ,radio shows, Fox, etc… I guess you if you die science didn`t win and all the misinformations and political agenda help the spread of the virus.

  31. Disgusted with sheep • February 5, 2022 @ 1:46 PM

    Since when did giving evidence about something non-mainstream become a cancel culture. Why cant killing parasites help your body to better fight a virus be true. There are actually studies in MANY counties using IvermectinTo help treat Covid (not cure it). People are not using logic anymore. A vaccine that doesnt prevent you from catching or spreading a virus that only has a death rate of 2% (pre vaccine). Why cant people trust their own immune system if they do choose. Especially if you believe in the vaccine for yourself.
    Israel is the highest vaccinated country in the world and they are still reporting high numbers of cases.
    This crap, this argument is the reason our country is falling apart.
    You have your option, I have mine. Why cant we both agree to disagree anymore. We used to be able to do that.
    Stop following popular media. Think for yourself, do your research instead of believing everything you hear and remember that science is a study and that many things change

  32. JJ Peterson • February 6, 2022 @ 4:21 PM

    Ask yourself why are you constantly being so divisive? People can agree to disagree about Covid, or anything for that matter, that doesn’t mean they are racists. Why connect Covid & racism? That’s idiotic. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. You self-centered musicians/stars think censoring someone, other than yourselves of course, is perfectly ok. Why don’t you move to another country where there is no freedom of speech. Educate yourselves and read up how hydroxychloroquine & ivermectin are incredible medicines costing <$5 & could be helping so many people. But greedy big pharma, FDA, WHO, CDC, ... have ruled them out as a beneficial and effective treatment for Covid because even knowing the truth, they'd rather kill millions & get rich. It is so sickening and inhumane. Quit drinking the damn Kool Aid & falling for all the fear mongering. Look up American Thought Leaders & hear the truth from actual physicians. Start with Dr. Pierre Kory & go from there. Seek truth. Go Joe & Dwayne

  33. Ross • February 7, 2022 @ 9:25 AM

    So Rogan used the “n” word more than 20 times and still Spotify stands by him. They’ve lost me as a customer. I cancelled my subscription yesterday.

  34. Carol • February 7, 2022 @ 8:46 PM

    I support discussion particularly if folks don’t agree. Open exchanges, opens eyes. You cancel an account, music, your involvement, or discussion, you make a statement, but not about the topic at hand, only that you are closed down and keep to your own council. You leave no room for exchange, or growth.

  35. Jill • February 8, 2022 @ 2:15 PM

    Oh please. Cha ching$$$ you would rather take the jab. Never tested the Covid vaccine, they even tested the chicken pox vaccine for 8 years before they used it on adults and another 10 years before they used it on children. Wreckless endangerment if Ivermectin works use it “Brain washing.” People walking down a country road with a mask on. Wake up!

  36. Jack • February 8, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

    Just heard that Spotify stock is going down, down, down. Not surprised. They shouldn’t have taken a risk like this. I’ve moved to Apple Music/Podcasts, and I’m not returning. Ever.

  37. Michael • February 8, 2022 @ 8:11 PM

    Im so proud of you rock for standing in support of Joe Rogan. Finally a celebrity that has balls to stand up for truth and freedom in America. All the idiots following Fauci to the slaughterhouse will end up with countless illnesses. If people dont wake up, we will not have a country in three years. Ivermectin does work. Its been used by millions of people.

  38. Loopy • February 13, 2022 @ 12:33 AM

    Just shut up!

  39. Huck Hick • February 13, 2022 @ 12:38 AM

    You guys seem like you are all brain washed. Try going fishing or something.

  40. Joe Rock • February 13, 2022 @ 12:43 AM

    Guy guys need to pull your head out

  41. ALLEN McDANIEL • March 1, 2022 @ 6:01 PM

    I’M SAD ABOUT the ROCK. HOW COULD HE BE SO WRONG? ROGAN is a DOUCHE, a RT.WING….whatever. I’d just RATHER SPOTIFY DROPPED HIM, and SHOWED SOME CLASS. SPOTIFY is not GREAT (you cust. svc, can’t speak to a Human, or ask for Original recordings instead of ENDLESS ‘BEST-OF’s and ‘DELUXE VERSIONS’, while the Artist’s SEMINAL RECORDINGS can’t be Found, and you cannot even ASK for them to carry someone you THINK is WORTHY. BUT, THE’RE the BEST I’VE GOT RIGHT NOW. SPOTIFY, $$$ be DMANED, PLEASE DROP ROGAN. He’s GOT NO SOUL.

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