After some big musicians including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell made the decision to have their music pulled from Spotify in protest of COVID-19 misinformation shared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Rogan came under serious fire on social media this weekend after a video showing his repeated use of the N-word on episodes of his podcast surfaced.
His comments were highlighted and expounded by India Arie on Thursday, last week. The singer also pulled her music from the platform in protest of Rogan’s racist comments. Daniel Ek who recently revealed that the company wouldn’t change their stance or policies based on Rogan or any other individual creator.
He has since sent a letter to the company’s staff in a bid to both condemn Rogan’s words and reaffirm that Spotify will not be yanking off the podcast.
“While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more,” Ek wrote.
“I want to make one point very clear—I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer. We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope.”