Streaming platform Spotify continues to defend Joe Rogan and his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience against a growing crowd of musicians and entertainers calling for Rogan to be removed from the platform. Rogan’s latest controversy, old clips of him using the ‘N-word’ out of context, ignited another round of calls for his dismissal.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek released a statement on the latest controversy:
“While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. And I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer,” Ek said. “We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope. Looking at the issue more broadly, it’s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress.”
According to the Daily Wire, “Rogan apologized late last week after a video was posted by far-left activists showing him using racial slurs that he says was taken out of context. Rogan says that the context was that he was quoting other people and used the slur instead of saying the ‘n-word.’”
“It’s not my word to use. I am well aware of that now, but for years I used it in that manner,” Rogan said. “I never used it to be racist because I’m not racist.”