His ‘Gal-libility was on full display
Embattled podcaster Joe Rogan is being mocked mercilessly online after posting a spoof CNN report that claimed Steven Seagal was assisting the Russians in their ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The post surfaced amid high-stakes talks between the nations, in which Ukraine demanded that the invading nation withdraw troops from their country.
The screenshot, which the host of “The Joe Rogan Experience” shared Monday to Facebook and Instagram on Monday, depicted the 69-year-old action movie star toting a machine gun while rocking sunglasses and combat fatigues. The description read, “Intelligence agencies around the world have spotted American actor Steven Seagal among Russian special forces positioned around the outskirts of Gostomel airfield near Kyiv captured by Russian airborne troops.”
Rogan, 53, captioned the faux report, “If I had to guess the plot of this f–ked up movie we’re living through I would say we are about 14 hours from the arrival of the aliens.”
Social media commenters were quick to rip into the post, which some pointed out was actually from Steven Seagal’s 2016 thriller “Sniper.”
“I had to Google to make sure this wasn’t real. Lol this world is bonkers,” said another.
One critic wrote, “For anyone who thinks this is real: it’s quite cold — about -2°C — in most of Ukraine. This photo was clearly shot on a warm day.”
“I am so ashamed of you Joe Rogan,” fumed one incensed fan.NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via“@joerogan I’d laugh, but my friends are dying,” they added.
“Joe Rogan sharing misinformation while taking 70 episodes of his own show down,” snarked another, in reference to Spotify’s alleged culling of “JRE” episodes last month after the former comedian allegedly disseminated COVID disinformation.
Others took the opportunity to make cracks about Seagal’s oft-lampooned action movies. “He’s on deadly ground,” joked one in reference to the aikido master’s critically-panned 1994 environmental thriller, “On Deadly Ground.”
“This is obviously photoshopped though,” scoffed one detractor on Instagram.Newspix via Getty Images“I hope miss July jumps out of a cake when he reaches his destination,” quipped another in an apparent shoutout to former Playboy Playmate Erika Eleniak’s frosting-covered cameo in “Under Siege.”
And while it’s yet unclear whether or not the former UFC correspondent shared the Seagal post in jest, many angry Instagrammers deemed it poor form to share silly memes amid an international crisis.
“I am so ashamed of you Joe Rogan,” fumed one incensed fan. “You go on and post about alien invasions and living in movies, but when actual tragedy starts with real people dying you are silent.”
US actor and martial arts champion Steven Seagal.Mondadori via Getty ImagesThey continued, “When a real monster needs to be stopped, you do nothing. Is it because you actually are not so ‘objective’ and ‘curious’, but you are definitely brainwashed for good. Speak up! Condemn atrocities! You have a huge platform. Act like a leader and stop posting irrelevant stuff making it all look like a joke. It’s not.”
This isn’t the first time the conspiracy theorist has been accused of disseminating fake news. Spotify’s juggernaut podcaster found himself in hot water earlier this winter after doing a podcast with Dr. Robert Malone, a vaccine scientist who reportedly spread misinformation regarding the COVID jab, and compared the US’ current health climate to Nazi Germany.
Joe Rogan has been accused in the past of disseminating COVID misinformation.Getty ImagesThe episode was subsequently pulled from YouTube while a coalition of 270 medical experts penned an open letter imploring Spotify to create a fact-checking policy that would “mitigate the spread of misinformation.”
Meanwhile, high profile musicians from Joni Mitchell to Neil Young threatened to remove their music from the Swedish audio-streaming giant unless they jettisoned the JRE.