Neil Young Threatens to Pull His Music from Spotify Unless Joe Rogan Is Canceled
Rocker accuses podcast host of 'causing death to those who believe the disinformation'
Neil Young has threatened to pull all of his music from Spotify unless the platform agrees to cancel podcaster Joe Rogan.
In an open letter to his management team and record label, left-wing rocker Young accused Spotify of “spreading fake information about vaccines” while issuing an ultimatum between him and Rogan.
“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,” Young wrote.
“Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he blasted.
“They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Rogan has been criticized by many for advocating for alternate treatments for the coronavirus.
In one instance, he advised younger people to avoid the vaccine because their death and hospitalization risk was so low.
Young’s letter comes after 270 doctors, professors, and physicians signed an open letter demanding that Spotify boots Joe Rogan.
On Dec. 31, 2021, the Joe Rogan Experience (JRE), a Spotify-exclusive podcast, uploaded a highly controversial episode featuring guest Dr. Robert Malone (#1757).
The episode has been criticized for promoting baseless conspiracy theories and the JRE has a concerning history of broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
By allowing the propagation of false and societally harmful assertions, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance offered by medical professionals.
JRE #1757 is not the only transgression to occur on the Spotify platform, but a relevant example of the platform’s failure to mitigate the damage it is causing.
Spotify has been under pressure by those on the left to drop Rogan over his controversial statements about the coronavirus pandemic, the transgender agenda, and other topics.
Some employees at Spotify reportedly threatened to organize a "full-blown strike" if the company refused to censor Rogan's podcast.
Rogan has previously cautioned his adoring audience against taking his advice too seriously.
"I am not a doctor," Rogan said on his podcast in April.
"I am a f***ing moron.
"And I am a cage-fighting commentator who's a dirty stand-up comedian!
"I am not a respected source of information even for me," he continued.
"But I at least try to be honest about what I am saying."