Joe Rogan Fans Revolt After Spotify Censors Controversial and Popular Episodes of His Podcast
Fans of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast were mostly thrilled when the stand-up comedian and UFC announcer announced his move to Spotify, believing that this change would allow Rogan to have more creative freedom than he did previously.
However, this does not appear to be the case as Spotify has banned controversial and popular episodes now that the platform controls the podcast.
The Spotify channel for the Joe Rogan Experience does not host episodes featuring conspiracy icon Alex Jones and Bitcoin enthusiast David Seaman. Other right-wing figures interviewed by Rogan over the years – including Gavin McInnes, Stefan Molyneux, Milo Yiannopoulos, Charles C. Johnson, Owen Benjamin and Sargon of Akkad – have been scrubbed by Spotify as well.
Other episodes, such as one with comedy icon and marijuana enthusiast Tommy Chong, were removed by Spotify for unspecified reasons as well. This is not a good sign for those who were hoping that Rogan would be liberated from tech censorship with his new deal.
Mikhaila Peterson, daughter of pro-Western philosopher Jordan Peterson, made note of the crackdown in a Twitter post:
This is straight up censorship. This is absolutely ridiculous. My episode with Joe is #1164. It is NOT on Spotify, along with some other episodes. pic.twitter.com/ZKTKVTIxZ1
— Mikhaila Peterson (@MikhailaAleksis) September 1, 2020
Rogan fans are not happy at this early indicator that Spotify will likely be exerting massive control over the show’s content.
“This goes against his “we need to talk to everybody” shtick. Im not interested in listening to curated podcasts by his employer,” wrote Reddit user “Pluum” in disgust of the news.
“So disappointed, Alex did not even say anything too crazy on those episodes. I had Spotify premium prior to Rogan but I will probably quit my subscription just out of spite now, that will show them!” wrote user @Excavatetheinfo in another Reddit post.
“Not sure what your question is exactly but “He sold out” is kind of a general explanation of what’s going on,” user @Elgallo619 wrote in a comment.
“Spotify is partnered with Tencent Holdings, a Chinese company whose CEO is an active member of the Chinese Communist Party. Anything remotely anti-CCP is getting 86’d,” wrote user @dictatorphil about Spotify’s Chinese connections.
Big League Politics reported somewhat optimistically on Rogan’s deal with Spotify when it was announced several months ago:
Stand-up comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan announced that his iconic podcast, which has frequently served as a platform for individuals like Elon Musk and Alex Jones to challenge the political establishment, will soon be hosted exclusively on Spotify.
“It will remain FREE, and it will be the exact same show. It’s just a licensing deal, so Spotify won’t have any creative control over the show. They want me to just continue doing it the way I’m doing it right now … I’m excited to have the support of the largest audio platform in the world and I hope you folks are there when we make the switch!” Rogan said in an Instagram post about the news.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Rogan’s deal is worth more than $100 million, meaning that Rogan is cashing out due to his massive success….
Despite the criticism, Rogan may be leaving YouTube because of the Draconian censorship policies on that platform. He has frequently raised the issue of digital censorship on his show and criticized the restrictive policies of the tech giants…
While many of Rogan’s fans feel this will stifle his content, this move may end up freeing him if Spotify is smart enough to realize that it is a good business decision to give popular content creators the freedom they need to produce uncensored content that their fan bases will enjoy.
Sadly, it appears that the globalist establishment may have neutralized another independent voice with Spotify’s takeover of the Joe Rogan Experience.