We all know that Joe Rogan has been spreading disinformation about Covid and the vaccines, and has thereby played to the crazies. Rather than just look the other way, Neil Young has removed his music from Spotify, which funds Rogan’s show, and thereby demonstrated that he has balls of steel.
HE to Rogan: I love your show and will continue to listen, but the fact is that you and your ilk have extended the pandemic and made things worse. God knows how many people are dead because of your bullshit.
Hollywood Reporter‘s Clara Chan: “Spotify is in the process of removing Neil Young’s catalogue of music from its service after the artist published — then took down — an open letter with an ultimatum: deal with the vaccine misinformation coming from Joe Rogan’s podcast, or lose Young’s music.
“We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators. We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon,” the spokesperson told THR.
“In his letter, which was originally published on his website Jan. 24, Young said, ‘I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them. [Spotify] can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”