Spotify CEO Daniel Ek tended to staff in a late-night update tending to Joe Rogan’s utilization of the n-word and the mysterious removal of 70 web recording episodes recently. The absolute number of erased Joe Rogan Experience episodes is presently 113, as indicated by the site jremissing.com.
“Not only are some of Joe Rogan’s comments incredibly hurtful — I want to make clear that they do not represent the values of this company,” Ek writes in the memo. “I know this situation leaves many of you feeling drained, frustrated, and unheard.”
He goes on to say Spotify spoke with Rogan and his team about “some of the content in his show, including his history of using some racially insensitive language.” Following these chats “and his reflections,” Ek says Rogan “chose to remove several episodes from Spotify.”
Ek also says that although he “strongly condemns” Rogan’s words, he does not believe “silencing Joe is the answer.”
“We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope,” he writes. “Looking at the issue more broadly, it’s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress.”
He emphasizes that he accepts Spotify as a stage, not a distributor, but rather recognizes workers and others may think in any case given its permitting concurrence with Rogan.
Ek then, at that point, says he’s submitting $100 million – a similar sum paid to only appropriate Rogan’s show – to authorizing, creating, and showcasing music and other sound substance by makers from generally underestimated gatherings. He likewise says the organization is extending the number of outside specialists it counsels on the most proficient method to adjust client wellbeing and “maker articulation” and will share more subtleties.
Rogan himself apologized yesterday for utilizing the n-word and for making a bigoted joke in which he contrasted being in a space and many Black individuals to being in Planet of the Apes.
This most recent Rogan debate began when Neil Young removed his music from the stage to fight Rogan’s doubt of COVID-19 immunizations; Spotify reacted to that issue by promising to place informational names on any digital recording content that examines COVID, yet in any case, demanded it is just a stage and won’t make a further move.