It seems that Spotify is still in a lot of hot water due to Joe Rogan.
As The Blast previously reported, “Heart of Gold” singer Neil Young saw an open letter signed by hundreds of medical professionals asking for Spotify to regulate “mass-misinformation events” on their platform. They named the most popular podcast in the U.S. and the U.K. – “The Joe Rogan Experience” – as a prime example of COVID-19 information.
After Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulled their music for the platform, many more threatened to follow suit. Over the weekend, Spotify quickly decided to issue a statement and say that they were adding COVID-19 content advisories to episodes with a link to a “COVID-19 Hub” that reportedly contains the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 from medical professionals and scientists.
However, many artists are still taking their music off Spotify. Take a look!
India Arie Pulls Her Music From Spotify: ‘Neil Young Opened A Door That I MUST Walk Through’
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Artist India Arie is not happy with Joe Rogan, and this has nothing to do with COVID-19.
Last week, Rogan had brought on guest Jordan Peterson, who was a Canadian psychologist and climate change skeptic. After a conversation about the “spectrum of shades of people,” Rogan seemed to object to calling people Black or White based on their skin tone.
“Unless you’re talking to someone who is like 100% African, from the darkest place, where they’re not wearing any clothes all day, and they’ve developed all that melanin to protect themselves from the sun, you know, even the term ‘Black’ is weird,” Rogan said during the episode.
In an Instagram post, Arie wrote, “I have decided to pull my music and podcast from Spotify. Neil Young opened a door that I MUST walk through.”
“I believe in freedom of speech,” she continued. “However, I find Joe Rogan problematic for reasons OTHER than his Covid interviews… FOR ME ITS ALSO HIS language around race. What I am talking about is RESPECT – who gets it and who doesn’t.”
“Paying musicians a Fraction of a penny? and HIM $100M?” she went on. “This shows the type of company they are and the company that they keep. I’m tired.”
In the caption, she wrote, “I wonder who else is tired.” Turns out, there are plenty of others!
Crosby, Stills & Nash Stand With Neil Young
— Stephen Stills Official (@Stephen__Stills) February 2, 2022
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have also decided to drop Spotify and stand in solidarity with Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and India Arie.
In the statement posted on Stills’ Twitter page, they wrote, “We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast.”
“While we always value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences,” they continued. “Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music – or the music we made together – to be on the same platform.”
In his own tweets, Crosby called on “All Too Well” singer Taylor Swift to also stand in solidarity against Spotify, noting that she has done so in the past.
“The reason for wanting to speak with miss Swift is that she is the only one who has successfully kicked Spotifys a–,” Crosby wrote. “The only one. I think she could give us good advice. This isn’t over.”
The reason for wanting to speak with miss Swift is that she is the only one who has successfully kicked Spotifys ass
The only one
I think she could give us good advice
This isn’t over
— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) February 2, 2022
In other tweets, Crosby said that he respected Rogan’s freedom of speech but did not “want to be in the same marketplace…he is doing harm with antivaxer bulls— that gets people killed.”
Crosby insisted that Rogan is “not stupid so he knows it’s a lie. He sells it anyway to make a lot of money.”
They were joined by Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Young’s Crazy Horse, who also spoke out against Spotify. Prince Harry and Megan Markle also released a statement on Sunday expressing concern over COVID-19 misinformation on Spotify.