By Rachel Lang
Joe Rogan has made an embarrassing blunder live on his podcast after claiming Australia is trying to prevent Aussies from growing their own fruit and vegetables.
The podcaster was talking about a 'proposed' law that he saw circulating the internet and thought it was simply outrageous.
"I think it was New South Wales. Someone was trying to pass a law that won’t allow you to grow your own food," Rogan said on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.
The MMA commentator turned comedian and podcaster then switched into a dopey voice to mimic what he believed to be the Australian Government.
"And they were saying, 'Whoa, you could grow your own food. And what else? The disease was from your food. It infects the population—kills us off. Oh, we can’t have that.'"
He then continued to rally against the totally made-up law, saying that you 'could justify it if you’re a real piece of s**t' and called those behind the supposed legislation 'f**king creeps'.
Look, we'll admit we're a bit weird down here, but us folks Down Under aren't that bad.
Rogan then lambasted Australia's lockdowns during the pandemic and accused the Australian government of going on a mission to 'stop these motherf***kers from growing their own food'.
His producer Jamie Vern had to break the bad news to the longtime UFC commentator that 'nothing [was] coming up' in a web search for the proposed law.
Rogan doubled down and whipped out his own phone to check.
"It’s gotta be a real thing," he said "It seems too good to not be."
Joe, sometimes things that seem too good to be true, aren't.
It seems Rogan was duped by the anti-vaxxer movement People for Informed Consent, who shared the allegations on Facebook.
People for Informed Consent shared a social media post about a bill before the Victorian Legislative Assembly, which they have grossly misunderstood.
The Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 was actually designed to 'make amendments to 11 separate acts to deliver improvements across biodiversity and food safety, veterinary practice, agricultural chemical use', and other purposes, according to Victorian MP Kat Theophanous.
It does prohibit the sale of 'diseased plants' and 'pest animals', but there is absolutely zero mention that could curb your Nana's right to a veggie patch.
The fake news being spouted by the anti-vaxxer group gathered enough traction to warrant a response from the Victorian Government.
"No one will be prevented from growing their own food as part of these changes," A Victorian government spokesperson told Reuters.
They added that 'the bill was designed to support agriculture and also safeguard food safety and security'.
Better luck next time, Joe.
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