Joe Rogan can’t seem to catch a break with the leftist internet mobs and social justice obsessed Spotify employees, but outside that little bubble, Rogan is in high demand.
Despite the backlash thrown at Rogan for hosting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Rogan topped the charts as posted by comedian Tim Dillon. Just under the podcast featuring Jones was Rogan’s podcast with rapper Kanye West.
“People don’t want censorship,” tweeted Dillon.
People don’t want censorship. pic.twitter.com/o7d6if3a4d
— Tim Dillon (@TimJDillon) October 29, 2020
Rogan has been under attack from the left for some time, strictly because he doesn’t adhere to the politically correct guidelines the leftist mob has arbitrarily laid down for him and everyone else. This includes Spotify employees who demanded they able to review, censor or remove Rogan’s podcasts if they don’t meet their requirements.
Rogan’s show with Jones especially caused a massive stir. As the BBC reported, internal communications at Spotify show employees “expressing concerns” about Jones’s comments about COVID-19 and the risk posed by vaccines. Rogan did his own fact-checking during the show but that didn’t placate special interest groups who saw this as profiting off of bad information:
But campaigners are concerned that Jones was given the opportunity to promote inaccurate information about the pandemic to such a large audience.
“They are essentially profiting from the platforming of, and giving exposure to, the most outrageous and fringe views in the desperate search for ad dollars and subscription revenues,” said Imran Ahmed, chief executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate.
“That is a phenomenally cynical moral decision to take.”
The call for censorship of the podcast host and editorial oversight has, so far, been rejected by Spotify brass, and it’s clear as to why. Not only was editorial oversight of the podcast not in the deal made with Spotify, but Rogan also remains wildly popular and has boosted Spotify’s user base.
Since Rogan joined, Spotify announced that it added 27 percent more premium subscribers over the past year with 144 million paying customers.
This all proves that at the end of the day, the calls for censorship are coming from a very loud but very small group. The majority of Americans want there to be no censorship and for people to be allowed to say whatever they wish to.
It’s a smart idea in the long run. If someone is crazy or evil, it’s best to let them speak their mind in the public square so as to expose the crazy for what it is. Any and all points made in the public square can be equally countered and debated, allowing the people to decide for themselves what they want to believe or disbelieve.
Spotify employees and special interest groups currently believe they know what’s best for the people and wish to make those choices on their behalf. This is as insulting as it is despotic and Spotify is making the correct decision in treating its customers like adults.