Writer Roxane Gay wrote in a New York Times essay that Spotify dropping Joe Rogan’s podcast would not be “censorship,” which she opposes.
In the Thursday opinion article, Gay announced she was joining Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and others in removing her audio content from Spotify to protest the company’s decision not to cancel their contract with Rogan.
- “I would never support censorship,” Gay explained. “There’s a difference between censorship and curation. When we are not free to express ourselves, when we can be thrown in jail or even lose our lives for speaking freely, that is censorship.”
- Gay cited Rogan’s promotion of ivermectin — an anti-parasitic drug that some clinical trials have found effective in treating the coronavirus — and his skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines as reasons for Spotify to stop hosting “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
- “I am not trying to impede anyone’s freedom to speak. Joe Rogan and others like him can continue to proudly encourage misinformation and bigotry to vast audiences,” she wrote. “They will be well rewarded for their efforts. The platforms sharing these rewards can continue to look the other way. But today at least, I won’t.”
A recent poll found that Rogan is more popular with American voters than President Joe Biden.