“Basic Instinct” star Sharon Stone alleged that Joe Rogan has “caused losses” of “lives” by daring to question COVID policies, but several celebrities voiced their support for the podcaster.
Amid more artists joining Neil Young in removing their music from Spotify to protest Rogan allegedly spreading “vaccine misinformation,” including Graham Nash, David Crosby, and India Arie, actress Sharon Stone added her two cents into the mix.
“I’m an infectious disease worker who has won the Nobel Peace Summit Award for my work with infectious disease, Harvard awards … you know, these kind of things,” Stone crowed in an interview Monday. “And I worked with Dr. [Anthony] Fauci for decades.”
“COVID is not an opinion-based situation,” she continued. “And Mr. Rogan thinks that his ‘opinion’ or disclaimer for the lives he personally has affected and caused losses of — it’s not an opinion.”
She claimed that Rogan is “risking people’s lives with his idiocy” based on his opinions. “They aren’t opinions. COVID, infectious diseases are science and they are fact-based situations. So, to the pretense that these are opinions is dangerous, and his behavior is dangerous.”
In response to Spotify’s announcement that they would add content advisories in an effort to “combat misinformation,” Stone said that Rogan “should put a disclaimer that he’s an a**hole, and his behavior is dangerous and affecting people’s lives and deaths.”
Last weekend, Rogan released a ten-minute video in reaction to the controversy, where he promised to do his “best in the future to balance” out the show’s guest schedule to feature experts with opposing views.
Prominent celebrities lauded his actions in response. “Great stuff here brother. Perfectly articulated,” tweeted Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. ”Look forward to coming on one day and breaking out the tequila with you.”
“King of Queens” star Kevin James said that in all the year’s he’s known Rogan, he’s been “nothing but objective and seeking the truth.”
Singer Jewel, NFL great Troy Aikman, reality star Kat Von D, and comedians Annie Lederman and Tim Dillion also offered their support.