Spotify is in the center of controversy again. Joe Rogan spreading misinformation on the COVID vaccine on his podcast has landed him in hot water. Many people that use Spotify were furious that they were giving someone a platform that was spreading misinformation. Hundreds of doctors and medical professionals signed an open letter to Spotify to do something to stop Rogan from spreading misinformation.
You’re probably wondering, what this has to do with the music world? Well, Spotify is a music platform, and some artists are taking a stand as well.
A few artists pulled their music from the platform – Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and others. They believe that spreading this misinformation has deadly consequences.
“We support Neil [Young] and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast,” said Crosby, Stills, and Graham Nash on Twitter.
Joe Rogan’s podcast gives a platform to COVID skeptics and also says his own not researched opinions. People arguing for Rogan say it’s “free speech”. And the artists that speak out are speaking against Rogan’s right to say what he wants.
Jon Stewart, a former late-night host, says it’s a “mistake” for these people to pull their music just because of Rogan’s podcast. But the singers believe they should stand up for something that’s not right.
What do you guys think? Is it important to stand up for what you believe or just leave it be for Spotify to deal with?