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Some woke Spotify employees are demanding control over Joe Rogan’s podcast. Per Digital Music News, the fear-driven staffers want editing oversight before each episode goes live. The request includes content flags, trigger warnings, references to fact-checked information, and the option to block an episode from publication.
Employees have held more than ten meetings to discuss the changes. Company CEO, Daniel Ek, is pushing back at the demands and wants to continue as is.
Last week, Rogan’s podcast caught fire when he claimed: “left-wing people” were arrested for “lighting forest fires in Portland. Rogan then retracted:
“I need to make an apology,” Rogan said on social media. “I said something on the podcast with Douglas Murray about people getting arrested for lighting fires, and I got duped. It’s wrong.”
Rogan’s $100 million deal with Spotify is off to a bad start. In addition to this nonsense, multiple popular JRE episodes were left off Spotify’s migration. Most notably, Rogan’s conversations with Alex Jones; Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes missed the cut, too.
What’s more, the product on Spotify is a mess. Oftentimes, the podcast won’t play on the app — blaming “location” issues. Later this year, JRE moves exclusively to Spotify. It the glitches remain, this agreement will be a disaster. (To his fans, of course; Rogan made $100 million.)
Joe Rogan was brought to Spotify to be Joe Rogan. It’s absurd for any employee to think a controlled version is reasonable. Rogan’s appeal is that he’s fearless, interested, and independent; three threats to mainstream media. He doesn’t bow to the mob. Rogan invites the canceled on for hours.
Good luck to Joe Rogan’s nameless colleagues (???).