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#RemoveRogan – Spotify Staffers Threaten Strike Unless ‘Hate-Filled’ Podcasts Removed

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#RemoveRogan – Spotify Staffers Threaten Strike Unless ‘Hate-Filled’ Podcasts Removed

Tyler Durden

Fri, 09/25/2020 – 12:45

Who could have seen this coming?

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Having blown $100 million to lock in infamously-outspoken-and-uncensored podcaster Joe Rogan, Spotify is facing an internal revolt from the woke mob who have demanded broad-based editorial control, censorship, and even removal of the world’s most-popular podcasts… or else!!

Just  three weeks ago, we reported that dozens of Rogan’s past episodes with “controversial guests” like Alex Jones, David Seaman, Owen Benjamin, Stefan Molyneux, Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin McInnes, Charles C. Johnson, and Sargon of Akkad did not make the migration over to Spotify, according to Entertainment Weekly.

And now, the ‘woke’ are demanding more…

As DigitalMusicNews.com reports, Spotify employees were demanding direct editorial oversight over the recently-acquired Joe Rogan Experience podcast

That would include the ability to directly edit or remove sections of upcoming interviews, or block the uploading of episodes deemed problematic.

The employees also demanded the ability to add trigger warnings, corrections, and references to fact-checked articles on topics discussed by Rogan in the course of his multi-hour discussions.

If they are not granted these ‘ministry of truth’ oversights, the mostly-New-York-based staff have threatened to walkout or strike.

As DigitalMusicNews (DMN) notes, for Spotify, the decision to offer some concessions may have only emboldened demands for wide-scale editorial oversight.

It is worth remembering the words of Joe Rogan himself, who said of the deal in the past:

“They want me to just continue doing it the way I’m doing it right now. It’s just a licensing deal, so Spotify won’t have any creative control over the show. It will be the exact same show. We’re going to be working with the same crew doing the exact same show.”

While the c-suite may want that (and the eyeballs, or earholes?), it seems the outrage mob of employees does not.

Finally, one wonders why exactly Spotify should give a shit… doesn’t America have 20-30 million suddenly unemployed people who we are sure would appreciate the opportunity to work in a large and growing tech company and could manage to leave their political/social-justice-virtue-signaling egos at home.

As DMN notes, Spotify employees reportedly enjoy comfortable salaries in the $120-$130,000 annual range, with considerable perks and benefits.  These are plum jobs in extremely uncertain economic times, making a strike a risky move. It also appears that Spotify management – including CEO Daniel Ek – has a limited tolerance for the mutiny on deck (especially since Rogan’s entire identity revolves around unfiltered discussion and opinion, and audiences could abandon the podcast if it becomes censored or controlled).


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