It’s a train wreck. On one side a rock legend. On the other the king of the podcast in United States. Neil Young” class=”com-link” data-reactroot=””>Neil Young and the controversial Joe Rogan They fight over coronavirus vaccines. In the middle of these two giants is Spotify, the service of streaming who received an ultimatum from the musician. “I want to let Spotify know today that I want my catalog off their platform… They can have Rogan or Young. Not both”, wrote the rocker to his representative in a letter in which he shows his fed up with the announcer and his spread of disinformation in a program heard by approximately 11 million people each week.
Spotify, for the moment, remains silent in the face of Young’s demand. The company considers Rogan like one of his hens that lays the golden eggs. In May 2020, he signed an agreement with the comedian to exclusively offer The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE). The amount of the agreement was never made public, but The New York Times calculates that the company disbursed more than 100 million dollars to acquire one of the most listened to audio products on the planet, a broadcast that has more viewers than many cable programs. in prime time. In the operation, Spotify removed 42 already broadcast episodes in which they were made Racist comments, sexist or transphobic.
The Joe Rogan Experience is as popular as controversial. The controversial opinions of the comedian, which managed to avoid the culture of political correctness and some attempt at cancellation, are adopted as truth by thousands of Americans. In May 2021, Rogan told his audience that he considered that young people who practice sports did not have to be vaccinated against Covid-19, which deserved a response from the White House Y the presenter was forced to qualify his statements.
In September, after reporting that he had contracted the virus, Rogan told his listeners that he was treating the illness with ivermectin, a veterinary drug whose human use is discouraged by health experts. By October, the treatment had run out in several cities in the United States. The most recent controversy came on December 31, when program number 1757 had as a guest Robert Malone, a virologist who helped develop messenger RNA vaccines but has called into question the US government’s immunization strategy. For his anti-vaccine comments, Malone has been removed from Twitter and some videos of YouTube. His talk with Rogan, which lasts three hours and six minutes and is still on the platform, has been repudiated by more than 270 specialists in an open letter.
Malone’s sayings on the cycle are what Eric Clapton quoted when stating that people have been “hypnotized” to believe the main ideas about Covid-19, such as scientific protocols and vaccines. Clapton, along with Van Morrison (they composed the single “Stand and Deliver” together in 2020, which compared the health restrictions due to Covid-19 with slavery) finances anti-vaccine campaigns, arguing that those who apply the vaccines are victims of the “subliminal advertising” of pharmaceutical companies on social networks.
“Whatever the memo was, it hadn’t gotten to me,” Clapton said in an interview with The Real Music Observer. “It’s great, you know, the theory of mass hypnosis training. And I could see it, once I started looking for it. I remembered seeing little things on YouTube, which were like subliminal advertising.. It’s been going on for a long time, that thing about ‘You won’t own anything and you’ll be unhappy,’” said the musician.
Neil Young, the antipodes of Clapton, claims to be fed up with Rogan. “JRE, found exclusively in Spotify, is the podcast largest in the world and has tremendous influence. Spotify is responsible for mitigating the spread of misinformation on its platform, although the company does not currently have a policy on this, ”wrote the musician in a letter addressed to his representative, Frank Gironda, and to Tom Corson, executive of Warner Records, his label. The document was posted on Young’s official website, Neil Young Archives, but was quickly withdrawn.
Gironda has confirmed that Young is very upset with the situation. “I’m doing this because Spotify is spreading false information about vaccines., something that can potentially cause the death of those who believe this information, ”the musician wrote to his team, stressing that he expected a solution to the conflict today. The 76-year-old Canadian declares himself ideologically progressive. He recently informed his fans that he will not be doing concerts to promote his latest album, Barn, recorded with his popular band Crazy Horse, until the tour bus is fully converted into an electric vehicle with no polluting emissions.