Neil Young had previously reached out to Spotify and directed them to delete his music from the streaming service due to their partnership with Joe Rogan. Young has now backtracked, deleting his letter, and seemingly giving up his battle over Rogan. In a now-deleted letter posted on his website on Monday (24 January), the 76-year-old singer had expressed his displeasure of Spotify’s partnership with Rogan and his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, which according to Young, is spreading “false information” regarding vaccines.
Neil Young takes a shot at Joe Rogan
Addressing his management team at LookoutManagement and Warner Bros, Young wrote: “Please immediately inform Spotify that I am actively canceling all my music availability on Spotify as soon as possible.” I am doing this because Spotify is spreading false information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote.
“Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the schedule,” the letter added. “I want you to let Spotify know immediately today that I want all of my music off their platform.” “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” he said.
Neil Young deleted the letter
Neil Young has now deleted his letter on his website giving Spotify an ultimatum to remove Joe Rogan, or remove his music. Previously, the long-tenured UFC commentator, Rogan had discouraged young people from getting vaccinated.
Rogan was also previously involved in a controversy as he had promoted the concept of taking deworming medication Ivermectin to treat the virus, without providing any medical evidence supporting it. Young is not the first individual to be overtly critical of Rogan’s content as last month nearly 300 doctors, healthcare professionals, and scientists signed an open letter requesting that Spotify poliment a policy that deals in misinformation due to Rogan’s ‘concerning history’. It should be noted, however, that the entertainer has stated he should not be regarded as a source for scientific advice. “I’m not a doctor,” he said. “I’m not a respected source of information, even for me.”