Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told staffers Sunday that the company won’t be “dropping” Joe Rogan after a clasp of the podcaster utilizing the N-word became a web sensation.
Ek clarified his situation on Rogan in an extended letter to employees that scrutinized Rogan’s remarks yet missed the mark concerning making a move against the controversial host.
“Not exclusively are some of Joe Rogan’s remarks unbelievably harmful – I need to clarify that they don’t address the upsides of this company,” Ek wrote in the notice, which was acquired by news.
“While I emphatically denounce what Joe has said … I understand some will need more,” he said.
“I need to make one point extremely understood – I don’t really accept that that hushing Joe is the response. We ought to have clear lines around content and make a move when they are crossed, yet dropping voices is a slippery slope.”
Rogan, 54, dropped the N-word almost two dozen times while hosting his wildly popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” according to newly unearthed clips.
The podcaster referred to the viral compilation as “the most remorseful and disgraceful thing I’ve at any point needed to discuss freely” on Friday, saying the video was an arrangement of “wrong” pieces from “12 years of discussions.”
Ek affirmed in the letter that the company has had talks with Rogan about his utilization of “some racially insensitive language.”
Following the conversations, Rogan eliminated a portion of his podcast episodes from Spotify, as indicated by Ek.
Spotify likewise stayed by Rogan in the midst of his underlying outrage encompassing COVID-19 misinformation on his podcast.
Legendary rocker Neil Young and a few other eminent performers yanked their inventories off Spotify after the company neglected to cut binds with Rogan over the Covid controversy.
In Sunday’s letter, Ek likewise educated staffers that Spotify would contribute $100 million to help boost diversity on the platform.