It’s official – Spotify opted to back renown anti-vaxxer Joe Rogan, and remove Neil Young!
Here is what you need to know about Spotify’s decision in the Neil Young-Joe Rogan controversy!
Neil Young To Spotify : Remove Joe Rogan Or My Music!
Joe Rogan has long been an icon of the anti-vaccination movement, which got a big boost when Spotify paid him US$100 million for the exclusive rights to his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE).
He used that platform to give anti-vaxxers like Robert Malone exposure, and the opportunity to spread even more misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines.
This troubled Neil Young so much, he wrote an open letter to Frank Gironda (his manager) and Tom Corson (Co-Chairman and CEO of Warner Records), asking them to remove his music from Spotify :
Spotify Backs Anti-Vax Joe Rogan, Removes Neil Young!
Instead of addressing his concerns, Spotify responded by removing Neil Young’s music.
They did not issue an official press release, but confirmed to Hollywood Reporter on 26 January 2022 :
Interestingly, their spokesperson avoided mentioning Joe Rogan, or explain why they did not sanction or warn him about the anti-vaccination misinformation he had been spreading in his podcasts.
Should You Boycott Spotify For Supporting Antivax Joe Rogan?
In a follow-up post, Neil Young called Spotify the “home of life threatening COVID misinformation“, and a “damaging force” in the fight against lies and misinformation.
I agree with Neil, and point out that it took his gutsy move to bring this out into the open, and force Spotify’s hand – was it merely an oversight, or an intentional choice?
Spotify made their choice, and it’s time for us to make ours.
Neil called on other artists and record companies to also remove their content, and stop supporting its “deadly misinformation about COVID“.
We should make the same choice too. Stop listening to Spotify. Cancel your subscription. Close your account.
Tell your friends about the day Spotify chose misinformation over the truth. Choose truth over lies.
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