Dwayne Johnson has divided his fans by publicly supporting Joe Rogan’s comments about the ongoing controversy surrounding his Spotify podcast.
The actor, 49, replied to the podcaster’s Instagram video in which he addressed the music streamer’s policy changes that have been introduced following criticism from Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Per The Independent, musicians Young and Mitchell asked Spotify to remove their music from the service in opposition to the streaming giant’s affiliation with Rogan, 54, who has been accused of spreading Covid disinformation on his podcasts. Spotify has now said it will add Covid-19 content advisory labels in response to the backlash caused by the controversy.
In a lengthy video, Rogan addressed the controversy, telling his followers that he thinks “a lot of people had a distorted perception of what I do”.
“[My] podcast has been accused of spreading dangerous misinformation, specifically about two episodes,” he said. “I’m not trying to promote misinformation. I’m not trying to be controversial. I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than just talk to people and have interesting conversations.”
In response to the video, Johnson wrote, “Great stuff here brother. Perfectly articulated. Look forward to coming on one day and breaking out the tequila with you🥃”
The responses to Johnson’s comment were extremely divided. “you have no idea how disappointed you’ve made so many people,” one person wrote, with another adding in reference to Rogan’s choice of guests: “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.”
However, there were many who praised Johnson for his reply to Rogan. “I knew I liked you!!! Strongmen and women create good time!!!” wrote one person, while another fan stated: “I am so here for this!” with some throwing support behind Johnson’s appearance on the podcast.