January 30th, 2022 1-3PM ET
Sunday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
“What Have You Guys Been Right About?” Adam Carolla Slams Media Over Joe Rogan Controversy Comedian Adam Carolla slammed the media over their demand that Joe Rogan be censored for pushing “misinformation,” asking them, “What have you guys been right about?”Fox News host Sean Hannity asked Carolla why people demanding for Rogan to be censored couldn’t just choose not to listen to him. “Basically we’ve decided there’s one lane you can be in when it comes to COVID and if you get outside of that lane, you need to be shut down,” the comedian responded. Carolla said that it was ironic how traditionally anti-establishment figures like rockers and artists were now doing the bidding of the establishment. “Their job is to push back against the man and Neil Young should know the man isn’t Joe Rogan, the man is Dr. Fauci, the man is Governor Gavin Newsom, the man is the CDC, the man is the WHO, the man is Biden,” said Carolla. “That’s who the man is, you’re an old rocker, you’re supposed to push back against the man – Joe Rogan is pushing back against the man and you’re pushing back against Joe Rogan,” he added. Carolla then made a mockery of legacy media outlets and shows like The View constantly complaining about COVID “misinformation.” “What have you guys been right about?” he asked. “You closed the beaches down, you closed the schools down, cloth masks were gonna save us all, the vaccine was gonna be effective, natural immunity wasn’t effective – what have you been right about?”
The latest Covid variant is 1.5 times more contagious than omicron and already circulating in almost half of U.S. states There are already dozens of cases across almost half of the U.S. of a new Covid subvariant that’s even more contagious than the already highly transmissible omicron variant. Nearly half of U.S. states have confirmed the presence of BA.2 with at least 127 known cases nationwide as of Friday, according to a global data base that tracks Covid variants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a statement Friday, said although BA.2 has increased in proportion to the original omicron strain in some countries, it is currently circulating at a low level in the U.S. The subvariant is 1.5 times more transmissible than the original omicron strain, referred to by scientists as BA.1, according to Statens Serum Institut, which conducts infectious disease surveillance for Denmark. The new sublineage doesn’t appear to further reduce the effectiveness of vaccines against symptomatic infection, according to the U.K. Health Security Agency. “Currently there is no evidence that the BA.2 lineage is more severe than the BA.1 lineage,” CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund said. BA.2 overtook the original omicron as the dominant variant in Denmark over the course of a few weeks, said Troels Lillebaek, the chairman of the Scandinavian nation’s committee that conducts surveillance of Covid variants.
‘Ant-Man’ Star Evangeline Lilly Reveals She Attended The Anti-Vax Rally In D.C. To ‘Support Bodily Sovereignty’ After stepping into whole heap of controversy during the early days of the pandemic by refusing to self-isolate, Ant-Man and The Wasp star Evangeline Lilly is back with a brand new anti-vaccine problem for Marvel to deal with. (Letita Wright says thank you.) On Thursday, the Lost actress revealed that she attended the anti-vaxxer protest in Washington D.C. over the weekend. The event has already resulted in an apology from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for saying that anti-vaxxers have it worse than Anne Frank, but that didn’t stop Lilly from proudly announcing that she participated in the weekend protest to “support bodily sovereignty.” As The Daily Beast reports, none of the threats that Lilly writes about are real and her post “carries a whole host of misleading implications.” Of course, it should be noted that the last time Lilly spoke out against COVID mitigations, she walked back her remarks and apologized for being “arrogant” and “dismissive.” With Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on the horizon, it will be interesting to see if Lilly pulls back on her rhetoric or if Marvel gets involved.
Joni Mitchell joining Neil Young in protest over Spotify Joni Mitchell said Friday she is seeking to remove all of her music from Spotify in solidarity with , who ignited a protest against the streaming service for airing a podcast that featured a figure who has spread misinformation about the . Mitchell, who like Young is a California-based songwriter who had much of her success in the 1970s, is the first prominent musician to join Young’s effort. “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” Mitchell said Friday in a message posted on her website. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.” Following Young’s action this week, Spotify said it had policies in place to remove misleading content from its platform and has removed more than 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. But the service has said nothing about comedian Joe Rogan, whose podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” is the centerpiece of the controversy. Last month Rogan interviewed on his podcast Dr. Robert Malone, an infectious disease specialist who has been banned from Twitter for spreading COVID misinformation. Rogan is one of the streaming service’s biggest stars, with a contract that could earn him more than $100 million.
Holocaust Survivors Condemn Anti-Vaccine Protesters’ Use Of Nazi Imagery Holocaust survivors, Jewish advocacy groups and Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday by condemning anti-vaccine activists who likened Covid-19 response measures to the Holocaust and comparing healthcare officials to Nazis. Protesters against Covid-19 measures who liken themselves to Jews under Nazism fuel anti-Semitism and contribute to trivialization of the Holocaust, according to a report published Thursday by the Diaspora Affairs Ministry. Margot Friedlaender, who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt concentration camp and whose mother and brother were killed at Auschwitz, said Thursday she was incredulous and outraged to see “the new enemies of democracy” presenting themselves as victims by wearing yellow Stars of David like the badges the Nazis compelled Jews to wear. Holocaust survivors Joan Salter, Estelle Nadel and Gabriella Karin told Insider that using Holocaust imagery to protest vaccines was an insult to both living and deceased Holocaust victims. The yellow star badge has been used by Rep. Jim Walsh (R-N.Y.), the Oklahoma Republican Party and by protesters in Alaska, Kansas and New York to suggest that unvaccinated people and Holocaust victims have been similarly oppressed. Comparisons of Covid-19 measures to Nazism have been made by U.S. Reps. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), by Republican Washington state Rep. Jim Walsh, by Republican Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott, by Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Lara Logan, and by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who suggested that modern Americans opposed to vaccines were more persecuted than Anne Frank.
Minnie Mouse to Shed Iconic Dress for a Pantsuit for Women’s History Month The Disney character Minnie Mouse will be shedding her iconic polka dot dress for a pantsuit in honor of Women’s History Month at Disneyland Paris. In an announcement on Tuesday, Disneyland Paris shared the new Minnie Mouse polka dot purple pantsuit from famed designer Stella McCartney that will coincide with Women’s History Month and the theme park’s 30th-anniversary celebration. “Stella McCartney has designed Minnie Mouse’s very first pantsuit, and it’s gorgeous,” the theme park declared. Speaking with the official Disney fan club D23, the 50-year-old British designer McCartney said that she loves how Minnie Mouse embodies “happiness, self-expression, authenticity, and that she inspires people of all ages around the world.” “I am delighted to be working with the one, the only, the iconic Minnie Mouse,” said McCartney. “I have designed a custom outfit for her in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris.” “Minnie has always had a special place in my heart. We share the same values. What I love about Minnie is the fact that she embodies happiness, self-expression, authenticity, and that she inspires people of all ages around the world. Plus, she has such great style!” she added. McCartney further described Minnie’s new look as a “symbol of progress for a new generation.”