“And I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer.”
The rabid mob couldn’t cancel Joe Rogan over his COVID comments. They turned their attention to some old podcasts with him saying the n-word.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek apologized for how the controversy hurt his employees. However, he once ago showed support for the world’s most popular podcast:
“I think it’s important you’re aware that we’ve had conversations with Joe and his team about some of the content in his show, including his history of using some racially insensitive language. Following these discussions and his own reflections, he chose to remove a number of episodes from Spotify. He also issued his own apology over the weekend.
“While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. And I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that 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. Looking at the issue more broadly, it’s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress.
It turns out Rogan agreed to remove a bunch of those podcasts from Spotify.
Ek threw his employees a bone by promising to invest $100 million more in artists “from historically marginalized groups.”
But Ek stated his opinion again: “While some might want us to pursue a different path, I believe that more speech on more issues can be highly effective in improving the status quo and enhancing the conversation altogether.”
Rogan posted his apology on Instagram. He said people took a few comments out of context since he quoted someone else.
Rogan agreed to have more balanced discussions about Covid. Now he apologized profusely about old podcasts.
I wonder what the mob will bring up next now that they know he will apologize and change some of his ways.
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