Neil Young tells Spotify to remove his music about Joe Rogan’s ‘false vaccine information’
Neil Young has asked Spotify to remove his music from the streaming service due to their partnership with Joe Rogan.
In a now-deleted letter posted on his website Monday (January 24), the 76-year-old singer wrote that he doesn’t appreciate Spotify’s affiliation with Rogan and his podcast. The Joe Rogan Experience, which disseminates “false information” concerning Covid-19 vaccines.
Speaking to his management team at LookoutManagement and Warner Bros, Young wrote, “Please notify Spotify immediately 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 the death of those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them,” he wrote.
“Please act immediately today and keep me informed of the timeline,” the letter added. “I want you to let Spotify know immediately today that I want all of my music removed from their platform.”
“They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” he said.
The Independent has reached out to reps for Young, Rogan and Spotify for comment.
Earlier this year, hundreds of scientists and medical professionals called on Spotify to address Covid misinformation following a controversial Joe Rogan episode on vaccines.
Rogan, who has a $100m (£74m) podcast deal with the streaming giant, interviewed doctor Robert Malone, who claimed on his show that Americans were being ‘hypnotised’ into wearing masks and get vaccinated.
Malone also said The Joe Rogan Experience that the country was suffering from “mass-forming psychosis,” which psychology experts say is a concept that doesn’t even exist.
Additionally, in an April 2021 episode of his podcast, Rogan discouraged young people from getting vaccinated, saying, “If you’re 21 and you’re like, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I will go no.
He later backtracked on his comments, saying he was “not an anti-vax person” and was “not a respected source of information, even to me.”
Rogan has also previously promoted the concept of taking the deworming drug, ivermectin, to treat the virus, without providing any supporting medical evidence.