India Arie, Graham Nash join musicians leaving Spotify over Joe Rogan
Graham Nash and India Arie are joining a growing list of performers following Neil Young’s lead and ditching Spotify amid a controversy on COVID-19 misinformation on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
“Having heard the Covid disinformation spread by Joe Rogan on Spotify, I completely agree with and support my friend, Neil Young,” Nash said in a statement posted Tuesday on his Instagram account.
“There is a difference between being open to varying viewpoints on a matter and knowingly spreading false information which some 270 medical professionals have derided not only false but dangerous,” the 79-year-old “Chicago” singer and Young’s former bandmate said. “Likewise there is a difference between misinformation, in which one is unaware that what is being said is false, versus disinformation which is knowingly false and intended to mislead and sway [public] opinion. In this case, in a way that could cost people their lives.”
In her own Instagram post just hours earlier, “Brown Skin” singer Arie said she was pulling her music and podcast from Spotify after Young “opened a door that I MUST walk through.”
“I believe in freedom of speech. However, I find Joe Rogan problematic for reasons OTHER than his Covid interviews…FOR ME ITS ALSO HIS language around race,” Arie said.
A Spotify spokesperson didn’t immediately return ITK’s request for comment on Tuesday.
The move from Nash and Arie comes a week after Young issued an ultimatum to the streaming giant in an open letter, saying Spotify could not provide a platform to both him and Rogan because of COVID-19 misinformation on the popular podcaster’s show.
“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,” the “Rockin’ in the Free World” songwriter said.
Musical artists Joni Mitchell and Nils Lofgren later joined Young’s effort.
On Sunday, Spotify said it would add a content advisory to podcasts that feature discussions about the coronavirus.
Rogan — who also recently ignited controversy over his comments on skin tone — responded to the drama about coronavirus misinformation, pledging Sunday to work on balancing “controversial viewpoints” on “The Joe Rogan Experience.”