“It’s just a money grab”

Newly crowned UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Julianna Pena appeared as a guest on Joe Rogan‘s podcast and gave his thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rogan’s hugely popular podcast on Spotify recently made national headlines for content that expressed controversial views on COVID-19 treatments. One episode in particular impacted Peña’s opinion of the pandemic.

A recent podcast featured an interview with Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist involved in early research into mRNA technology. Malone had been banned from Twitter for allegedly spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. The interview has been removed by YouTube.

“I listened to the podcast with the two doctors, like back to back, Dr Malone and Peter McCullough. It opened my eyes,” Pena said.

The episodes featuring Dr. Malone and McCullough were shared on social media by millions and drew strong reactions. 270 doctors, scientists, professors and healthcare workers wrote an open letter to Spotify asking the platform to adopt a policy against “misinformation”.

Legendary musician Neil Young has issued an ultimatum to Spotify asking the platform to delete his music or take down Rogan’s podcast. Spotify chose to remove Young’s music.

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“I’m a massive conspiracy theorist on all of this and have been from the very beginning,” Peña said. “I’m like, it’s just a cash grab. It’s that they’re trying to kill us, you know? And that’s ridiculous.”

Rogan pushed back on Peña’s comments.

“I don’t think they’re trying to kill us. I think there’s a lot of confusion as to what works and what doesn’t,” Rogan replied.

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