Joe Rogan Responds To Neil Young And Joni Mitchell After Removing Their Songs From Spotify
Joe Rogan took his official Instagram account to respond to the criticisms of his podcast and said that he has ‘no hard feelings’ towards Neil Young or Joni Mitchell, who removed their music from Spotify to protest Rogan’s podcast.
The Joe Rogan Experience podcast hosted by Joe Rogan is one of the most popular podcasts on Spotify but it has been a subject of serious backlash nowadays. Back in 2020, Spotify made a big deal with Joe Rogan to include his podcast exclusively on Spotify. A great number of people criticized Spotify over its deal with Rogan as they are disturbed by the content he put out.
The backlash reached its climax when Neil Young recently said he would remove his music from Spotify. Young claimed that the podcast has been spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines. Neil Young stated that removing his music from Spotify will be a huge financial loss for him but he is still ready to accept all the consequences as he can’t accept this kind of spread of disinformation. After Neil Young, Joni Mitchell also supported his long-time friend and demanded Spotify to remove her songs.
Joe Rogan posted a roughly 10-minute video on his Instagram account and addressed the controversy surrounding his podcast. Rogan stated that he is a Neil Young fan so he wouldn’t want him to remove his music from Spotify. He said he also likes Joni Mitchell and doesn’t have any ‘hard feelings’ towards both of them.
Rogan added that maybe he can get other experts with different opinions after the controversial ones to balance the situation. To show his interest in Mitchell’s music, Rogan also named one of his favorite songs of hers, ‘Chuck E.’s in Love,’ which actually belongs to Ricky Lee Jones.
Here is how Joe Rogan responded to Neil Young and Joni Mitchell:
“Because of this controversy and I’m sure there is a lot of other things going on behind the scenes of these controversies. But Neil Young has removed his music from the platform of Spotify and Joni Mitchell and apparently some other people want to as well. I’m very sorry they feel that way. I most certainly don’t want that. I’m a Neil Young fan, I’ve always been a Neil Young fan. I will tell you the story at the end of this about that.
No hard feelings towards Neil Young and definitely no hard feelings towards Joni Mitchell. I love her too, I love her music. ‘Chuck E.’s in Love’ is a great song. I don’t know what else I can do differently other than maybe try harder to get people with different opinions on right afterward. I do think that’s important.”
Before Young’s protest, approximately 270 doctors, scientists, and healthcare professionals wrote an open letter to Spotify and expressed their concern about COVID-19 misinformation on Rogan’s podcast but Spotify didn’t step back. It looks like Spotify have no intent to change their strategy anytime soon.