Canadian-American musician Neil Young recently penned a letter to Spotify demanding that they chose either him or podcast host Joe Rogan, saying “they can’t have both.” The “Heart of Gold” singer is one of several people boycotting streaming service Spotify over Joe Rogan’s covid stances.
The now-deleted letter was posted to Young’s social media pages. In it, he complained about how Rogan was “spreading covid misinformation” using the Spotify streaming services. Recently, 270 members of the medical community, including mere students in med school, penned a letter saying that Rogan’s podcast is spreading misinformation on Covid, specifically referring to an interview Rogan did with Dr. Robert Malone, who is currently banned by Twitter.
“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 professions,” the letter read.
Rogan has grown wildly popular over the last year with his long-form podcast interviews highlighting issues surrounding the pandemic, vaccines, and alternative medicines. Notable guests have included Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Canadian Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson, and Dr. Peter McCullough.
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Young said in his letter. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young, not both.”
“Please act on this immediately today, and keep me informed of the time schedule,” Young concluded in his conceited letter.
Shortly after issuing his weak ultimatum, Spotify promptly removed Neil Young and all of his once-decent music from their platform. The choice was easy for Spotify, which has a massive deal with Rogan. Rogan is also outperforming every single platform on earth at the moment, bringing in more than 11 million viewers per episode.
I like Neil Youngs music, I grew up listening. He’s got this wrong. Evidently brainwashed by fake news. When all the truth comes out I’m certain he will feel like a jackass.
ha ha get out old man. Last time you were relevant was 1969. Why do morons constantly think they should be allowed to control what other people say think or do. If this old has been, wants to get vaccinated and tell other people to get vaccinated then start your own, old has been, podcast and tell your 100 listeners how much of a genius you are cause you wrote some songs 65 years ago.
Good riddance to Neil Young. I’m beyond sick of artists feeling that they are intellectually and morally superior to the rest of us. Use your gift to make music. If you want to write about some situation and bring it to our attention along with putting your own spin on it, fine. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with artists and celebrities haranguing us and demanding that we take some action because *they* want it to be so. Sorry – we’re not your slaves. My advice to Neil Young is STFU.