Neil Young may have pulled his music from spotify but he’s not done with his Joe Rogan beef even after Rogan put out a sensible statement that would appease most.
The latest statement from the rock legend states:
“To the workers at SPOTIFY, I say Daniel Ek is your big problem — not Joe Rogan,” wrote Young, who has removed his music from the platform. “Ek pulls the strings. Get out of that place before it eats up your soul. The only goals stated by Ek are about numbers — not art, not creativity.”
“You must be able to find a better place than SPOTIFY to be the home of your art,” he added.
The most popular podcast on the planet has become somewhat of a hot topic last month ahead of Spotify earnings call. In an attempt to thwart share prices the company’s competition started a big media campaign to condemn Rogan – first for the Covid 19 coverage and then later for his past use of slurs. Mind you the clips in question have been floating online for years on end and are only now getting traction.
As far as Rogan goes he denounced the racial slurs used in the past and apologized. Spotify condemned the racist mega compilation however they’re choosing to see this case as protection of free speech. The CEO emailed the staff saying:
“We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope,” Ek said in an email to staff. “Looking at the issue more broadly, it’s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress.”