Who are Tim Dillon and Alex Jones? Joe Rogan’s latest podcast guests left some fans wondering
The pair appeared on Tuesday’s episode of the Joe Rogan Experience which was shared on Spotify and YouTube.
Rogan’s podcast is no stranger to (in)famous guests, with previous appearances including Kanye West and Edward Snowden.
So why have some viewers complained on Twitter about Dillon and Jones being included on this week’s show?
Who is Tim Dillon?
- Tim Dillon is a standup comedian, actor, and host of his very own podcast, the Tim Dillon Show.
A 2017 Rolling Stone profile of him said: “He’s a conservative-leaning gay man from Long Island who knows the average citizen might describe his aesthetic as ‘retired detective’.”
Not too much is known about Tim’s personal life, but he has previously said he used to sell subprime mortgages before his career in comedy.
In the same radio interview with Chris Gethard, Dillon also revealed that his mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when Dillon was 20.
In addition, for Tuesday’s appearance Dillon made a statement as he wore a ‘Free Ghislaine’ t-shirt in reference to Ghislaine Maxwell.
Maxwell is currently being held in custody in Brooklyn after being accused of recruiting teenage girls for Jeffery Epstein to abuse, reports MailOnline.
Who is Alex Jones?
- Alex Jones is a controversial American far-right radio show host and conspiracy theorist. He is also the founder of conspiracy theory website Infowars.
Jones is known for being vocal on a number of topics ranging from gun control to vaccines. One of his best-known theories is that the 9/11 attacks were staged by the US government, reports The Guardian.
Another of Jones’ now-notorious claims is that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre of school children was a hoax.
Reuters reported in 2019 that Jones was ordered to pay $100,000 in court costs and legal fees after parents of the children sued him and Infowars for defamation and emotional distress.
Jones’ appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast also comes as a surprise, as he was banned from Spotify, in 2018, reports the Guardian.
The publication explained how Spotify removed his channels for “repeated violations of Spotify’s prohibited content policies.”
At the same time, Jones was also banned from Facebook, Apple and Youtube.
Fans react to the Tim Dillon/Alex Jones podcast
During the three-hour episode, Dillon, Jones and host Joe Rogan discussed several topics including the now-debunked rumours about Hunter Biden and vaccine conspiracies.
Shortly after the episode was released, dozens of people took to Twitter to share their reactions to the show.
Activist Nathan Bernard said it was “gross and dangerous” for Rogan to give a platform to Alex Jones, who is known for spreading conspiracy theories.
Meanwhile, Christine Pelosi, daughter of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, was unimpressed: “Jones’ hate speech is not just vile – it’s dangerous”.
The BBC reported that Joe Rogan signed a deal with Spotify thought to be worth $100m (£82 million) earlier this year.
It stipulated that The Joe Rogan Experience will air exclusively on the platform until the end of the year, with Rogan keeping control over the podcast’s content.
He told the BBC at the time: “It’s just a licensing deal, so Spotify won’t have any creative control over the show.”