First, it was Neil Young. Then Joni Mitchell. Now #CancelSpotify and #DeleteSpotify are trending.
In case you missed the beginning of the story, here’s what you need to know:
Last week Neil Young told Spotify to remove his music from their platform because of “The Joe Rogan Experience’ which, incidentally, the music streamer paid a cool $100 to acquire.
Angry over Rogan’s spread of misinformation about COVID, including telling young people they ‘didn’t need to get vaxed,’ Young argued that Spotify spread “fake information about vaccines” on the platform. He singled out Rogan, who hosts “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, writing: “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Joni Mitchell joined Young later in the week, telling Spotify to remove her catalog as well.
In a statement on her website on Friday Mitchell wrote: “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”
Now other artists and podcasters are slamming Spotify, demanding their content be taken down.
Spotify finally responded, saying it didn’t want to be a “content censor” and will instead add an ‘advisory note.’
And Rogan has promised to ‘balance out’ his controversial and often dangerous views.
Will that be enough?