Dwayne Johnson has voiced his support for Joe Rogan, while The Joe Rogan Experience Spotify podcast host faces backlash regarding his segments on COVID-19.
Johnson took to the comments of Rogan’s apology video, in which the podcaster pledged to “do better” when discussing information about the coronavirus to his 11 million listeners.
“Great stuff here brother. Perfectly articulated,” Johnson, 49, communicated to Rogan, 54. “Look forward to coming on one day and breaking out the tequila with you.”
Rogan also received support from singer-songwriter and actress Jewel, as well as American Surfer Kelly Slater, both of who have been featured on the podcast.
“You’re doing a great job. Keep it up,” Jewel said.
Neil Young became the first artist to boycott the streaming platform over its involvement with Rogan, expressing that he has “never been in favor of censorship” but “private companies have the right to choose what they profit from, just as I can choose not to have my music support a platform that disseminates [COVID-19] harmful information.”
Young then stated that he was “happy and proud to stand in solidarity with the front-line health care workers who risk their lives every day to help others.”
His sentiments were then echoed by Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell, with the latter publicly releasing a statement on her website in support of Young.
“I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify,” Mitchell wrote. “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”
Rogan responded to the boycott by Young and Mitchell in his Instagram apology, adding that he was “very sorry they feel that way” and he was “a Neil Young fan…and definitely no hard feelings towards Joni Mitchell. I love her, too.”
Spotify, which reportedly paid more than $100 million for the exclusive rights to Rogan’s podcast, has since released a statement on the controversy surrounding their platform.
“We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators,” the streaming platform claimed. “We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
Spotify has lost around $4 billion in market value following Young’s decision to pull his music from the platform; shares also fell a reported 12% from where they closed last week.
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