Joe Rogan has become to number one target for the “cancel culture’ bots. Similar to what Rush Limbaugh reported years ago when his advertisers were supposedly being flooded with complaints about his show, demanding they stop advertising on his show.
After an extensive investigation though, Rush’s team discovered it was only a handful of people creating tens of thousands of fake internet accounts.
Spotify is the largest streaming company by subscriptions, has been pushing aggressively into podcasting in the past few years in a bid to differentiate itself from other services and become more profitable.
The Spotify president Daniel Ek finally spoke out about the Joe Rogan situation, doing so in a letter to employees.
The full text of the letter can be read in this Twitter thread, which includes screenshots of the letter sent by President Elk to the Spotify employees:
Full text of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s note to staff: pic.twitter.com/3FHlmzV3UW
— Peter Kafka (@pkafka) February 7, 2022
In 2018 the streaming service decided to remove R&B star R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion from playlists and algorithmic recommendations to listeners based on abuse allegations against the artists.
The company introduced a “Hate Content and Hateful Conduct” policy that touched off a debate about whether streaming services should punish artists for alleged bad behavior. It drew criticism from across the music industry; some said the policy appeared to target only Black men who hadn’t at the time been convicted of crimes. Spotify withdrew the policy three weeks later. The company said in a blog post at the time that its job isn’t to regulate artists.
In a massive sign of hypocrisy, the same people who demanded these rappers promoting violence must be streamable on Spotify are the same ones who are targeting the famous podcaster, Joe Rogan.
Rogan has apologized for using the N-word during past podcast episodes after a compilation of him using the word surfaced on the Internet amid calls to cancel him from Spotify.
Rogan explained that while he never used the word directed at anybody, “whenever you’re in a situation where you have to say, ‘I’m not racist,’ you [expletive] up. And I clearly have [expletive] up.”
The comedian and UFC commentator has been under attack for hosting two guests — Dr. Peter McCullough and Dr. Robert Malone — on his podcast, who “have an opinion that’s different from the mainstream narrative” regarding coronavirus-related issues,” he said.
In an attempt to address the concerns of the cancel culture, Rogan suggested that he host experts with the same opinions as the mainstream narrative right after hosting the “controversial” guests — and add a “content advisory” to his episodes.
Musicians David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Nils Lofgren, and India Arie have come out against Spotify — following in the path of Neil Young — who has launched what has become a media-fueled effort to censor and deplatform Rogan.
While the woke mob works on canceling Rogan under the guise of public health concerns, others are now trying to cancel him for his previous usage of a racial slur publicly on his podcast over the years.
A video compilation of Rogan using the N-word was shared by Arie, who said that while she “emphasize[s] with the people who are leaving [Spotify] for the COVID disinformation reasons,” the N-word video is “why I decided to ask my music be pulled off of Spotify.”
Caution – Offensive language – https://twitter.com/ScottieBeam/status/1489669608231604224?s=20&t=E2IM9CalBQqmpOLSpss8vQ
Rogan took to social media on Friday to address the N-word video, explaining, “There’s a video that’s out, it’s a compilation of me saying the N-word.”
“It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me of 12 years of conversations on my podcast, and it’s all smooshed together, and it looks fucking horrible, even to me,” he said.
“I know that to most people, there’s no context where a white person is ever allowed to say that word, never mind publicly, on a podcast, and I agree with that now,” Rogan added.
“I haven’t said it in years,” he said. “But for a long time, when I would bring that word up — like if it were to come up in a conversation — instead of saying ‘the N-word,’ I would just say the word. I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing.”
The only reason Rogan is still on Spotify, is they are located in Stockholm, Sweden, not in the WOKE U.S.A.
Written By: Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show
Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show.
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