Spotify’s Joe Rogan Used ‘N-Word’ 24 Times In Videos, Says India Arie – Deadline
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter India Arie today posted clips on Instagram showing Spotify host Joe Rogan using the N-word, a situation she says led her to withdraw her streamer music.
The resurfaced clips, which were posted to YouTube at one point, were used to explain Arie’s decision. She also called on followers to “delete Spotify” and used the hashtag.
“Hey y’all,” the 46-year-old singer says in the first of a series of stories posted to her Instagram Highlights account. “I will leave a short message here on why I decided to request that my music be removed from Spotify.”
She followed this with clips of Rogan using the racial slur, which Rogan used 24 times in the 23 clips. The insults predate his $100 million deal with Spotify in 2020.
“He shouldn’t even say the word,” Arie said. “Don’t even say it, in any context. Don’t tell. This is where I stand. I always stayed there.
Arie joined several musicians and podcasters who pulled their content from Spotify. Most cited the alleged misinformation Rogan was providing about the pandemic in his podcast. Spotify has since backed Rogan’s right to free speech, although he said he would monitor and warn customers about potentially problematic content.
“I sympathize with people who leave because of COVID misinformation – and I think they should. I also think Joe Rogan has the right to say what he wants,” Arie said. “I also think I have the right to say what I want to say.”
She added that she didn’t want to help generate money that funds Rogan, so she was pulling out of the platform.
“Just take me away. That’s where I am.