Musician Neil Young delivered an ultimatum to music streaming platform Spotify: It can host his music or comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast, but it can’t have both. In a letter posted his website, the singer and songwriter took issue with Rogan’s podcast for. The letter, however, is no longer available on Young’s website.
“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” Young wrote in the letter to his manger and record label, which was reported by Rolling Stone on Monday. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them.”
Neither Young’s management nor Spotify immediately responded to requests for comment. As of Tuesday, Young’s music is still available on the music streaming platform.
Spotify is the exclusive platform for Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, in a deal worth $100 million. In the past year, Rogan has hadand on his podcast. These guests pushed unproven treatments such as ivermectin, while also spreading false information about the COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines have beenagainst severe disease, hospitalization and death. On Dec. 31, Dr. Robert Malone, a vocal opponent of the vaccines, appeared on Rogan’s podcast. He compared the current state of the pandemic to Nazi Germany and suggested that people taking precautions against COVID-19 were suffering from so-called “ ,” a medical-sounding phrase discredited by medical experts. In addition to the vaccines, other public health measures like masking and social distancing have helped slow the spread COVID-19.
Earlier this month, a letter from more than 250 medical professionals, professors and researchersand pointed to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Since then, more than a thousand other professionals have signed the letter. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Rogan has repeatedly spread misleading and false claims on his podcast, provoking distrust in science and medicine.” Of the Malone episode, they said: “These actions are not only objectionable and offensive, but also medically and culturally dangerous.”