Don’t these people understand that profit and profit alone is the driving force these decisions made by giant corporations.
Do people actually believe America’s largest fortune 500 companies care about woke progressive policies? Can they not clearly see that any progressive/woke push by giant corporations is merely an attempt to remain viable, thus profitable?
On Wednesday, washed up rocker Neil Young was delivered a brutal reminder of this glaring fact after the artist gave the platform an ultimatum to choose between him and podcaster Joe Rogan.
The music streaming service confirmed the news in a statement reported after Young’s record label, Warner Music Group’s Warner Records, made the request to remove his content.
The process of removing Young’s music is expected to take hours, said the company, which added, “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
Young, known for songs such as “Heart of Gold” and “Harvest Moon,” put Spotify on notice in an open letter, posted on his website, to his management team and label on Monday over not cracking down on what he said was the spread of COVID-19 misinformation through The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan’s podcast. The letter has since been removed.
“Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform,” the letter said, according to the New York Times. “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
A group of 270 public health experts, doctors, and scientists signed a letter earlier this month calling for the removal of an episode of Rogan’s podcast dated Dec. 31, 2021, that featured an interview with Dr. Robert Malone and “has been criticized for promoting baseless conspiracy theories,” particularly involving COVID-19.
Young said in a post on his website that he came to the decision to remove his music from the service because he could not support Spotify providing “life threatening misinformation to the music loving public.” Instead, his music is available for streaming on other services such as Amazon Music and Apple.
Among those to voice support for Spotify’s decision was Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Bye Bye, Hey Hey
Neil Young is gone today
It’s better to boycott
Than to just obey
Bye Bye, Hey Hey
Even though Ohio is one of the greatest protest songs of all time, free speech is kinda important also.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 27, 2022
Spotify may not be kicking Rogan off its platform, but it has deleted more than 40 episodes of his podcast, including two just recently.
This is not the first time Young has removed his music from a platform. In 2015, Young removed his music from all major streaming services due to what he considered “poor sound quality” from streaming, though he allowed his music to be re-added later.
Author: Nolan Sheridan