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Joe Rogan a ‘menace to public health,’ say 270 doctors and experts

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Shock jock Joe Rogan is hitting all the wrong notes on Spotify.

A group of 270 experts have penned an open letter addressed to the Swedish audio streaming service condemning the top-rated show, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

The doctors, researchers and health-care professionals who co-signed the statement have expressed concern that the show’s outspoken 54-year-old host is making millions on the dissemination of bogus medical advice — to the health detriment of his listeners.

The letter also asked the streaming music service to “establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform.”

“Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy,” they wrote.

The experts wrote that Rogan has a “concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The campaign was launched in part by infectious disease epidemiologist and research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital Jessica Malaty Rivera, according to Rolling Stone. She has more than 38,000 followers on Instagram, where concerned fans have asked for her help debunking some of Rogan’s claims.

“The Joe Rogan Experience” is one of the top-rated podcasts globally, especially since joining up with Spotify in 2020 in an estimated $100 million deal. The show draws an about 11 million listeners per episode.

“Mass-misinformation events of this scale have extraordinarily dangerous ramifications,” they wrote in their letter.

“When I saw they were falling victim to this, I spoke to some colleagues and we said something has to be done at this point.”

Jessica Malaty Rivera, infectious disease epidemiology research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital

Rivera was prompted to act after tuning-in to an episode featuring virologist Dr. Robert Malone, who was recently banned from Twitter for promoting vaccine misinformation. She found that even colleagues and friends she considered “quite wise and discerning” had fallen prey to the quack doctor. “When I saw they were falling victim to this, I spoke to some colleagues and we said something has to be done at this point,” Rivera said.

Fellow signee Katrine Wallace, epidemiologist at University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health, told Rolling Stone that Rogan was “a menace to public health,” particularly for espousing anti-vaccine rhetoric.

“Having things like this on the Joe Rogan podcast gives a platform to these people and makes it a false balance. This is what really bothers me,” she said. “These are fringe ideas not backed in science, and having it on a huge platform makes it seem there are two sides to this issue. And there are really not. The overwhelming evidence is the vaccine works, and it is safe.”

Their letter included a fact-check record of all the dubious claims made during Rogan and Malone’s recent interview, such as the doctor’s claim that President Biden is suppressing research on ivermectin, which has not been recommended by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for COVID-19.

Letter co-author Ben Rein, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, told Rolling Stone, “People who don’t have the scientific or medical background to recognize the things he’s saying are not true and are unable to distinguish fact from fiction are going to believe what [Malone is] saying, and this is the biggest podcast in the world. And that’s terrifying.”

Rogan’s big move to Spotify was met with considerable backlash, even by staff at the digital music company who wished not to be associated with the controversial podcaster over similar concerns as those expressed in the recent open letter.

“In the case of Joe Rogan, a total of 10 meetings have been held with various groups and individuals to hear their respective concerns,” Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in a September meeting, Vice reported at the time. “And some of them want Rogan removed because of things he’s said in the past.”

The outcry became so loud that Spotify would quietly un-publish several highly contentious episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” from their platform, such as those featuring interviews with former Breitbart news editor Milo YiannopoulosProud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, conspiracy theorist and Sandy Hook shooting denier Alex Jones and comedian Chris D’Elia, who was accused of “grooming” underage girls and soliciting pornographic images.

They also took aim at scientifically tenuous content, including Rogan’s talks with Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave Asprey, the self-proclaimed “father of biohacking,” who touts pseudo-science in the pursuit of life longevity, such as penile “zapping” to treat erectile dysfunction or the bizarre trend of “butthole sunning.”

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Why Fans Are Convinced Pete Davidson Snapped Kim Kardashian’s Latest Bikini Shots

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Kim Kardashian & Pete Davidson Get COZY on Date Night

Nothing says amore like getting all your right angles.

 

At least that what’s fans think when it comes to Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson, all thanks to one of her latest bikini pics. Kim had her Instagram followers buzzing on Jan. 17 when she posted three photos of herself frolicking alongside a beach in her two-piece swimsuit, captioning the series of snaps, “Mother Nature.”

 

But it was the third photo itself that seem to catch everyone’s attention since there was a noticeable shadow in the photo behind the lens, and for fans—that could only be one person.

 

“The shadow is Pete, we all agree right,” one person wrote. Another added, “Tell Pete to not get a shadow next time.” A third follower commented, “Not me zooming on the shadow of the photographer to see if it was Pete.”

 

All small social media investigations aside, the assumption of boyfriend-turned-photographer wouldn’t be that far-fetched considering the budding romance between the two seems to be going pretty strong.

Ever since the couple confirmed their relationship last November, there have been several low-key dates between Kim and Pete. Not to mention, the couple took their date nights beyond their local spots, most recently jet-setting for a getaway in the Bahamas—where he likely could’ve snapped those bikini pics.

However, the relationship between the SNL star and the SKIMS founder goes beyond palm tree and pictures, with a source telling E! News in early January that “Kim and Pete are getting very serious,” adding that Kim is “smitten and the relationship is very exciting to her.”

 

As for whose shadow that was for sure? Well, social media seems to be keeping up with the clues. 

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Jamie Lynn Spears glosses over Dan Schneider scandal in her memoir

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January 18, 2022 | 8:00am

Jamie Lynn Spears heaps praise on “Zoey 101” creator Dan Schneider in her new memoir but fails to acknowledge the allegations of misconduct that have been leveled against him.

When Spears, 30, first mentions Schneider, 56, in “Things I Should Have Said,” she credits him as the person who “recognized [her] talent” and “was the driving force” behind her landing the starring role on the Nickelodeon dramedy.

“The show attracted some of the best professionals in the business. The creator and director, Dan Schneider, was exacting and insisted on professionalism,” she writes.

Spears then applauds Schneider, who infamously had a habit of tweeting photos of young actress’ feet, for knowing “how to get just what he needed from a rambunctious group of teens who thought that they were all that.”

But any mention of the embattled showrunner ends there.

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“Things I Should Have Said” hit stores Tuesday.
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Schneider was once an unstoppable force at Nickelodeon, creating children’s sitcoms including “The Amanda Show,” “Drake & Josh,” “iCarly” and “Victorious.”

But in March 2018, the network abruptly cut ties with the producer so he could “pursue other opportunities and projects.” Page Six broke the news at the time that he walked away with a $7 million payout.

Deadline reported soon after that “for years Schneider had been under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows,” while the New York Times revealed in June 2021 that an internal investigation at Nickelodeon had found Schneider was verbally abusive toward co-workers. (The review found no evidence of sexual misconduct.)

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Schneider is the sole recipient of the Kids’ Choice Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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Schneider denied to the Times that he had ever acted inappropriately at work, saying in part, “I couldn’t and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors.”

He also insisted that his photos and videos of kids’ feet were “totally innocent.”

Schneider was most recently credited as the creator of Paramount+’s “iCarly” revival, which premiered in June 2021, though he had no creative involvement.

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Jodie Sweetin is engaged to Mescal Wasilewski after 4 years

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January 18, 2022 | 7:49am

She said “yes” — for the fifth time.

Jodie Sweetin announced on Instagram Monday that she is engaged to Mescal Wasilewski after four years of dating.

The “Fuller House” alum quoted famed author Maya Angelou before leaving fans with a romantic caption of her own.

“I love you Mescal, for always,” Sweetin wrote. “You’re my person. I can’t wait to see the life that lies ahead for us.”

Sweetin’s photo included a close-up look at her marquis-style engagement ring, which Wasilewski gave to her two days before her 40th birthday.

“Here’s to us, @ghostfacelito and our life of adventures. Together,” she continued. “I think I’m really gonna like turning 40 ❤️❤️❤️💍.”

Wasilewski shared the same photo on his Instagram and added, “So that happened…”

Sweetin has been married three times. Her first marriage to Shaun Holguin lasted four years, from 2002 to 2006. The “Finding Santa” star then married Cody Herpin in 2007. The former couple, who split in 2010, share daughter Zoie, 13.

She shares daughter Beatrix, 11, with ex-husband Morty Coyle, to whom she was married from 2012 to 2016.

The “Love Under the Rainbow” actress then became engaged to Justin Hodak in 2016, but the two never made it to the altar.

Sweetin’s engagement comes just over a week after her “Full House” co-star Bob Saget died unexpectedly at age 65. The cast released a joint statement in the aftermath, saying they were grieving “as a family.”

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Wasilewski popped the question just days before Sweetin’s 40th birthday.
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“Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family,” they said in the statement released on Instagram last week.

“Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”

The statement was signed by stars Sweetin, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber, Scott Weinger, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as well as series creator Jeff Franklin. 

More than 100 stars turned out to remember the late comic at his funeral.

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