The View’ hosts clash over Joe Rogan:’He’s transphobic,’ says the narrator. He is anti-Islam. He’s made racial remarks.
On Thursday’s episode of “The View,” the co-hosts fought about whether CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta should have appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast to talk about the coronavirus vaccination.
Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin slammed Rogan, agreeing that they wouldn’t try to reach out to his large audience because of his refusal to take the coronavirus vaccine and some of his previous remarks, while co-hosts Sherri Shepherd, Ana Navarro, and Sara Haines agreed that hearing the two discuss the topic was beneficial for listeners.
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Rogan believes that gaining natural immunity from the coronavirus
is preferable to taking the vaccination. Rogan later told Gupta that the greatest way to improve immunity is to take the vaccination and then fall sick.
Navarro applauded Gupta and Rogan for having the conversation, noting that with Rogan’s millions of listeners, even a small number of individuals changing their thoughts about the vaccination would be significant.
“He’s very arrogant,” Behar added before co-host Sherri Shepherd joined in, describing Rogan as a “really clever man” whom she knew and thought it was nice the two have a respectful conversation about the matter.
“Sanjay claimed he went there to gain a better understanding of his own thinking… Because I’m not interested in understanding mad individuals, I’m not interested in knowing Trump’s mentality or the anti-vax mind. In my perspective, you can’t make sense of madness. I’m totally uninterested.” Hostin was plainly irritated when he responded.
Behar read a statement from Howard Stern
a radio host who chastised Rogan for refusing to get the immunization.
“But then I don’t think yelling, ‘You’re a fool,’ will persuade a person,” Shepherd added, to which Hostin replied that even Gupta couldn’t persuade the host.
“However, you will not be able to persuade someone to change their mind. You’re not trying to persuade Joe to change his mind, but one of the 200 million others who are listening could. Sanjay, on the other hand, had enough respect for Joe to continue on there “Shepherd voiced his opinion.
More, not less, talks about these issues are needed, according to Haines, if people actually want to move the needle on what others believe.
“I believe it was critical to go on there, not to persuade Joe Rogan and certainly not to persuade anyone else. Give the facts and respond with science. Allow them to make their own decisions “Haines explained. “That is the issue in today’s world. We’re dictating how people should feel. They will experience what they desire. Give them enough knowledge so they may make an informed decision and win on their own merits.”
Hostin retorted with a list of disparaging labels for Rogan.
“Yes, he has all of these listeners. That’s so wonderful. But some of the stuff that he has said – he’s transphobic. He’s Islamophobic. He has said racist things … and these people continue to listen to him,” Hostin said. “I think if you are still listening to him, knowing his history, I’m not interested in reaching out to you.”
Hostin retaliated by labeling Rogan with a slew of derogatory terms.
“Yes, he has all of these people listening to him. That’s incredible. But part of what he’s stated indicates that he’s transphobic. He is anti-Islam. He’s spoken racist things… and these people keep listening to him “Hostin explained. “I’m not interested in reaching out to you if you’re still listening to him and know his background.”