Neil Young demands Spotify choose between his music or Joe Rogan's podcasts
January 24, 2022
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Legendary musician Neil Young issued an ultimatum to the Spotify streaming music service to choose between his music or Joe Rogan's podcasts.
Young posted an open letter to Spotify, which entered into a $100 million deal with Rogan to host his podcasts, calling on it to dump Rogan over what he saw as misinformation on the coronavirus.
“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,” wrote Young. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
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.
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” said Young to his management team and record label. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
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. I am a f***ing moron. And I am a cage-fighting commentator who's a dirty stand-up comedian!" Rogan said on his podcast in April.
"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."