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Cancel Culture: SJWs at Spotify Demand Censorship of Network’s Newest Star Joe Rogan

Cancel Culture: SJWs at Spotify Demand Censorship of Network’s Newest Star Joe Rogan

“would include the ability to directly edit or remove sections of upcoming interviews, or block the uploading of episodes deemed problematic”

The digital media company ‘Spotify’ recently spent $100 million to bring the highly popular Joe Rogan podcast into its fold. Rogan’s long-form interviews with interesting guests were drawing hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, making his show a valuable commodity.

Rogan’s show has been on Spotify for less than a month, and employees at the company are already demanding editorial control over his content, and even censorship.

Over the last several months, we have seen similar developments in the newsrooms of the New York Times and the Washington Post. The campus social justice warriors of yesterday have moved into the workforce, and they have brought their totalitarian views on speech with them.

Jesse Holland writes at

Report: Employees threaten to strike if Spotify refuses to censor Joe Rogan

It’s what’s being called the $100 million headache.

UFC color commentator and podcasting deity Joe Rogan signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Spotify earlier this year, but it seems not everyone associated with the digital streaming service wants to be part of the “Experience.”

Despite several internal meetings, select staffers were reportedly dissatisfied with the way senior management responded to Rogan’s controversial material, which prior to finding its way to Spotify, aired exclusively on the longtime funnyman’s YouTube channel.

Digital Music News reports:

Spotify employees were demanding direct editorial oversight over the recently-acquired Joe Rogan Experience podcast. That would include the ability to directly edit or remove sections of upcoming interviews, or block the uploading of episodes deemed problematic. The employees also demanded the ability to add trigger warnings, corrections, and references to fact-checked articles on topics discussed by Rogan in the course of his multi-hour discussions.

Rogan’s politics are significantly left of center, but that doesn’t even matter. Bobby Burack of OutKick points to a moment when Rogan became a target of the mob:

Last week, Rogan’s podcast caught fire when he claimed: “left-wing people” were arrested for “lighting forest fires in Portland. Rogan then retracted:

“I need to make an apology,” Rogan said on social media. “I said something on the podcast with Douglas Murray about people getting arrested for lighting fires, and I got duped. It’s wrong.”

Rogan’s $100 million deal with Spotify is off to a bad start. In addition to this nonsense, multiple popular JRE episodes were left off Spotify’s migration.

The funny thing about that is that Rogan was not wrong. There have been documented cases of leftists starting fires which led to wildfires outside of Portland.

The progressive mob just wants control.

This is what happens when you concede to the left. Having been repeatedly appeased by weak college administrators, the woke mob now just expects their demands to met. It is the same reason they seem to lose their minds when someone finally says no and fails to give them what they want.

I don’t know this person, but he makes an excellent point:

Paul Sacca of The Blaze reports that many of these would-be strikers at Spotify are earning six figures:

The report added that there are “preliminary plans” for a work strike that “would principally involve New York-based Spotify employees, and would be accompanied by protests outside Spotify’s Manhattan headquarters.”

“Other aspects would involve media appearances and coordination with other activist organizations,” the report said.

The music outlet noted that the strike “could be risky for the staffers involved.”

“Spotify employees reportedly enjoy comfortable salaries in the $120-$130,000 annual range, with considerable perks and benefits,” the report said. “These are plum jobs in extremely uncertain economic times, making a strike a risky move.”

According to PayScale, Spotify pays its employees an average of $110,432 a year. Glassdoor lists many salaries at Spotify well over $100,000.

Anyone want to place a bet on this ending in an expensive lawsuit?

Tim Pool discusses the issue below:


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Rogan is a Bernie fan….

So Rogan… meet your comrades. Like what your politics espouse?

Spotify is free to replace them. They may not even have a union for all I know, which means permanently replace them.

Rogan doesn’t seem left to me. He is, IMO, more of a small l libertarian with populist instincts.

His positions are much closer to Trump than Bernie. He is going through a reflection and reexamination period; the nominally liberal person who got mugged.

He just abandoned CA for TX. Citing the problems of higher tax, incompetent governance, stifling regulations etc. He also has criticized cancel culture and acted by leaving Facebook for Spotify.

Just my opinion but his actions speak louder than stray comments.

Welcome to the circus you help create Joe!

So he came to Texas… brought his Bernie politics with him?

Tired of the left ruining the great state of Texas
Way to many Biden signs in my once red neighborhood

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Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.
The left eats their own that aren’t left enough.

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Spotify should respond the same way JK Rowling’s publisher did. Seriously, if those idiots don’t want to deal with a major moneymaker for their company, the company can easily find folks to replace them.

Social justice anywhere is injustice everywhere.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 27, 2020 at 3:15 pm

“Mamas don’t let your children grow up to be SJW (sick juvenile weinies) la la la…..

How To Protect Your Children From Indoctrination

Why is this still not a clear and explicit violation of the 1st amendment? Why are the tech companies still NOT being regulated? Yes, I know. The Masters of the Universe have paid off most of the important politicians. Are there no patriots left who will stand “athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so,…?”

Certainly not today’s National Review.

Calling all patriots! Enough grandstanding and value signalling! Enough lawyers debating the fine points of how difficult it would be! Do something!

    A private company can choose who it will and will not publish. A private company can also choose to commit slow-motion suicide by letting their Red Guards make business decisions for company.

“The campus social justice warriors of yesterday have moved into the workforce, and they have brought their totalitarian views on speech with them.”

True, but it’s their totalitarian views about EVERY aspect of other people these SJWs demand control: liberty, allegience, governance, private property, employment, speech – even biology. All the while their own SJW lives, cities, and even entire states, are violent hellscapes of burning fusterclucks.

In the words of the great prophet Jonathan Edwards (singer, not preacher), “He can’t even run his own life, I’ll be damned if he’ll run mine,…”

It would be interesting to know what editorial rights Spotify included in their contract with Rogan’s contract.

If management caved, just how far could they go without setting off a counter lawsuit from Rogan?

    I was thinking the same thing. Hopefully Rogan was smart enough to get a fat chunk of his money up front, and give himself an out if they start jerking him around.

Red Bull gives your employees wings.

He bent the knee to the sjw crowd by apologizing for saying ‘left-wing people were purposely lighting fires in Portland.’ We all know apologizing to the mob only chums the water, inviting more torches and pitchforks. Now they won’t stop until they completely own the guy. Hopefully his contract protects his content and if they git rid of him for it, he gets a payout. Either way the guy looks like a sellout. Too bad.

Let them strike, but remember that striking employees don’t get paid, and their union must take over their benefits that the company no longer pays. As they go on strike, send out the notifications that their health, dental, and unemployment insurance are cancelled.

Most of these progressive “strikes,” like in colleges etc. aren’t really strikes, because the employees lose nothing. In a real strike, the employees have some skin in the game.

Dear Spotify employees,

Please understand that your purpose here is to help the management make money for Spotify. You do not have editorial control over the content, especially when there’s a market for that content and people are demanding it. This touches precisely upon how we make money – providing what consumers demand.

If you are not satisfied or happy with any of the content provided by Spotify, you are welcome to find work where the content comports with your feelings. But please do take your feelings elsewhere, because they are neither wanted nor welcome here. Here is where we pay you to do work at the management’s direction. Nothing more, nothing less.

Spotify Management

When they strike, I’d be happy to replace one of them.. So would a whole lot of other people.

“..Rogan’s controversial material.”

I’m always amused when the leftists call mainstream ideas “controversial.” It’s gotten so bad they call ideas that are literally supported by 85% of Americans “controversial.”

They must live in such an impermeable bubble that the NYT, et al, must poll their own news room to find out what is “fringe” and what is “mainstream.” I can’t wait to read a NYT announces that they polled their editors and reporters and discovered not a single one supports building a border wall, but they all support open borders. Therefore building a border wall is “controversial” but open borders are “mainstream.”

“But sometimes when I’m in a theatre, I can feel the uncomfortable weight of a s*load of controversial opinions.”

This article was a twofer. More woke bullshit, plus now I have a new 2 hour chat with Douglas Murray to watch! 🙂

Fire’em. Have no discussions whatsoever other than to find out which employees agree with either blocking Rogan’s content, or going on strike if Spotify won’t, then fire them all. Every last one of them.

And of note, I’ve never seen one of his podcasts and have no interest in them. Looking only at the principle of the issue.

Imagine that, you can’t be all pro free speech and all pro communist at the same time. Lol. Now here is a guy who actually gets to experience that paradox in real life. Such a rare gift. I wonder if he’s already received the 100 mil.?