Joe Rogan Blames Canada for Postponed Show

'I don't think I can even get into the country. I'm not vaccinated'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2021 12:42 PM CST
Joe Rogan Blames Vaccine Mandates for Postponed Show
Joe Rogan is seen during a weigh-in before UFC 211 on Friday, May 12, 2017, in Dallas before UFC 211.   (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Podcaster Joe Rogan's sold-out April 20 show in Vancouver, BC, has been rescheduled, as predicted. In an episode that came out Dec. 24, Rogan told guest Tim Dillon that the show might be called off because of COVID restrictions in Canada, the Hill reports. "My 4/20 show that's sold out in Vancouver—I don't think that's happening," Rogan said. "I don't think I can even get into the country. I'm not vaccinated. I'm not gonna get vaccinated." Rogan, who recovered from a COVID infection in September, added: "I have antibodies, it doesn't make any sense."

British Columbia does not require performers to be vaccinated, though the 18,910-capacity Rogers Arena, where Rogan was scheduled to perform, says it requires performers, staff, and fans to be vaccinated, the Globe and Mail reports. Unvaccinated visitors from the US are not banned from entering Canada, per the Globe, which notes British Columbia cut capacity limits on large venues to 50% days before Rogan's podcast aired. "Such a restriction might make an arena show economically unfeasible," it observes. Ticketmaster confirmed Wednesday that the event had been canceled. According to Rogan's Facebook page, it has been rescheduled for Oct. 24.

After he became infected in September, Rogan said he "threw the kitchen sink"—including monoclonal antibody treatments and ivermectin—at the virus. The 54-year-old has argued that "young, healthy" people don't need to be vaccinated. He says he doesn't need to be vaccinated now because of "natural immunity," though health authorities beg to differ, the Hill notes. In his Dec. 24 podcast, Rogan predicted that Michelle Obama would win if she ran for president in 2024, with Kamala Harris as running mate against a hypothetical Donald Trump/Ron DeSantis GOP ticket, the Wrap reports. Rogan, who predicted a win for Trump in 2020, said the only thing that could stop Obama would be if she "showed any support for lockdowns and mandates and all this craziness that’s going on." (More Joe Rogan stories.)

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