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Midnight Mania! Neil Young issues ultimatum to Spotify over Joe Rogan’s ‘false information about vaccines’

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Joe Rogan has faced quite a few controversies over the years, but none have proven quite as sticky or high-profile than his response to COVID-19.

People listen to Rogan, both in the literal and figurative sense. For example, his listening base was large enough that streaming giant Spotify was happy to fork over nine figures for a multi-year contract for rights to the The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE). After catching COVID-19 himself, Rogan made use of various remedies, including a combination of Ivermectin, Z-Pak, Prednisone, and monoclonal antibodies, along with an NAD and Vitamin C drip. As a result of his success, men like Dana White and Aaron Rodgers have copied Rogan’s process for recovery, thanking Rogan for his advice.

Of course, it wouldn’t be controversial if everyone was happy. A coalition of scientists released an open letter just a couple weeks ago, urging Spotify to “moderate misinformation” on JRE about the virus and vaccine. Following suit, famed rock musician Neil Young has published an open letter of his own (since deleted), demanding Spotify choose between Rogan’s podcast and his own extensive catalog.

“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,” he wrote (via Rolling Stone). “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”

“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.”

Given the aforementioned $100 million spent on The Joe Rogan Experience, this seems like it would be a fairly straightforward decision for Spotify if Young indeed follows through on his ultimatum. In that case, I’d recommend On The Beach and After The Gold Rush if you’re not lucky enough to own physical copies.

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