Joe Rogan Responds to Spotify Controversy
Joe Rogan has addressed calls to remove his podcast from Spotify, saying that he never aims to misinform the public, but only wants to have “interesting conversations” with different opinions represented.
“I think there’s a lot of people that have a distorted perception of what I do maybe based on sound bites or based on headlines of articles that are disparaging,” Rogan said in a 10-minute monologue, uploaded on Instagram… “I’m not trying to do misinformation; I’m not trying to be controversial,” he insisted.
The podcaster reminded listeners he also invited experts with opposite views on the pandemic, including Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Michael Osterholm, who is on Biden’s Covid-19 advisory board. “I’m not interested in only talking to people that have one perspective,” he said
RT– The market capitalization of streaming services provider Spotify dropped some $2.1 billion within three days after folk-rock legends Neil Young and Joni Mitchell voiced their protest against its most popular podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ demanding to delete the show from the streaming platform over spreading “fake pandemic information”.
The outcry came in response to Rogan’s December 31 program featuring Robert Malone, a doctor and the “inventor” of mRNA vaccines. Malone had earlier been banned from Twitter for circulating anti-vaccine misinformation, while YouTube deleted a recording of the Rogan podcast shortly after it was uploaded to the website by a third party.
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both,” Young posted, in a since-deleted message to his management team and record label.
“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” Mitchell said Friday, in a message posted on her website. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”
Spotify reportedly paid $100 million for rights to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast in 2020. The program is the top podcast on Spotify, and is reportedly downloaded almost 200 million times a month.
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