Hey, Neil Young's in the news, and he didn't even have to die.
No, the real reason that Neil Young is making headlines today is that he’s trying to make demands of Spotify to censor another massive creator on their platform because Young disagrees with their opinions regarding COVID.
Yep, the famous Canadian rocker is trying to get Podcast megastar Joe Rogan canceled because of his views on COVID treatment.
So much for “Rocking in the Free World” and his famous classic rock rebelliousness. Young seems to be doing the bidding of The Man.
On Monday, January 24, Young – whose top songs on the streaming platform have over half a billion listens – posted an open letter to Spotify on his website decrying their distribution partnership with The Joe Rogan Experience.
Of course, Young’s main gripe with his fellow streamer’s material is that it’s a platform for Rogan’s “false information” on COVID. Oh right. This is all because Joe Rogan doesn’t want to take the vaccine, has taken Ivermectin as treatment for COVID, and has encouraged healthy young people to try other preventatives instead of the vaccine, citing the obvious reality that there’s a low chance of death if you’re not old and have many co-morbidities – yes even if you’re unvaxxed.
Well and Rogan did feature two prominent doctors and famous critics of the prevailing COVID narrative, cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough and virologist Dr. Robert Malone, on his show on separate occasions.
And the media views both highly accomplished doctors and researchers as spreading COVID misinformation.
Anyways, who cares about Rogan’s reasoning or that he has a right to explain his personal medical choices, which he has with admitted humility – or that he has the right to have whatever experts he wants on his show? His talking points go against the overarching COVID narrative that you must get vaccinated in order to handle this pandemic responsibly.
Young, a typical irate busybody, wrote in his letter, “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.”
In the letter, which he addressed to his management team and the corporate leadership at Warner Brothers, he added that this “false information” is “potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them.”
Then towards the end of the letter, Young mentioned Rogan specifically, saying “I want all of my music off their platform. They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Though we are curious what happened with this intense demand because the letter has since been deleted from Young’s website and that both he and Rogan’s content is still on Spotify. Perhaps Young isn’t as relevant as he thinks he is.