That is QUITE the headline by Vice. Some would say misleading on multiple levels. I would be one of those people. This headline makes it seem like the Spotify CEO is in favor of having transphobic content AND that the content was transphobic to begin with. The classic "when did you stop beating your wife" leading question/headline.
But despite the glaring omissions, Spotify staffers are now stepping up their demands to control more of Rogan’s content. Vice first reported that Spotify employees have conducted more than ten meetings to discuss possible changes. Those discussions included proposals for the outright removal of additional podcast episodes.
Of particular focus in an earlier conversation featuring author Abigail Shrier, who wrote Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. Shrier’s opinions on the matter drew howls of protest from certain Spotify staffers, who demanded its removal — though the episode is still available on the Spotify platform.
This has reportedly gone all the way to the top, though Spotify CEO Daniel Ek appears to be pushing back. From a business standpoint, the reason is fairly obvious: Rogan’s audience likes his direct, unedited style, and could quickly abandon the comedian-podcaster if he’s edited. That might explain why the Shrier podcast is still live, though a strange development emerged earlier today.
The arrogance of people in 2020 is astounding. An unearned moral superiority of some at Spotify to tell the most popular podcaster in the world that he is no longer able to decide what is fit to say publicly and what he should think. It's crazy. I am glad to hear that the CEO of Spotify heard out his employees, because having an open dialogue is important, and then simply turned to them and said
Good for Rogan for getting that bag, but man it feels like a rocky start to the marriage with spotify. First they removed eps, now rank and file scrubs want to tell him who he can have on as guests and what he can say. It just goes to show that there is really truly only one place left on the internet where you can say what you want. One place. 1. Does this look like the face of last man who is defending speech?
No better place to be than right here.