Score a big win for Joe Rogan and score a big defeat against Cancel Culture!
Earlier this week, Neil Young (I know many of you are saying “who?”) issued an ultimatum to Spotify: either take down Joe Rogan or remove his music.
Now I know that most of us can’t name a single Neil Young song, but he thought it was quite the ultimatum.
Here’s what he said earlier this week:
“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.”
Turns out Spotify didn’t like his Woke Cancel Culture ultimatum because they took him up on his offer to remove all his songs according to new reports out tonight.
Take a look:
— The Verge (@verge) January 26, 2022
WSJ: Neil Young’s music being taken down by Spotify after ultimatum over Joe Rogan
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) January 26, 2022
The Verge had more details:
Young didn’t mince words in the letter, which he addressed to his manager and his record label, Warner Records. “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,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
“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,” a Spotify spokesman said in a statement to the WSJ. “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
Spotify and Warner Records didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment from The Verge. In a post on his website, Young thanked his label for its support and said that Spotify has “become the home of life threatening COVID misinformation.”
Spotify made a blockbuster deal with Rogan in 2020 to make his hugely popular podcast exclusive to the platform. Since then, he has come under heavy scrutiny for statements he’s made about COVID-19, such as suggesting that healthy young people don’t need the vaccine. And Young isn’t the only person to criticize Spotify’s alignment with Rogan; a coalition of scientists and medical professionals recently published an open letter of their own that calls on Spotify to “take action against the mass-misinformation events which continue to occur on its platform.”
I think this sums it up nicely:
NEIL YOUNG: I want all my music off the Spotify until they fire Joe Rogan.
The World: Neil Who? Oh, him. Is he still alive?
— Mark Towhey (@towhey) January 25, 2022
Meanwhile, Don Jr. suggested something else no one was considering…
Don Jr. says Neil Young doesn’t even own the rights to his own songs anymore.
Here is what Don Jr. posted:
So Neil Young pulled his letter to Spotify because it seems he doesn’t even own his music portfolio anymore & therefore has no control. That checks out because he was in our offices a decade ago trying to sell it. We passed! I know because I think I took this pic in DJTs office! pic.twitter.com/2cwYng8q0L
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 26, 2022
And I think we’re going to end with this to sum things up:
Wow! Spotify is removing Neil Young's music after he gave ultimatum for platform to choose him or Joe Rogan pic.twitter.com/5Zc1nMneHO
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) January 26, 2022