It’s sad that we live in a time when we must dedicate full articles to celebrating the fact that a platform will not restrict free expression…but that’s where we are.
This headline should be a non-issue in a place like the United States of America, where we uniquely have rights and freedoms, but unfortunately, it’s not.
We shouldn’t have to point out and give kudos to a streaming service like Spotify when they decide against dictating to Joe Rogan, the #1 podcast host in America, who he can and cannot have on his show.
Yet here we are.
In an email leaked to BuzzFeed News on Wednesday, Spotify’s chief legal officer and head of global affairs, Horacio Gutierrez, wrote to staff that the company will not ban guests who come on The Joe Rogan Experience.
The memo came after Rogan hosted highly controversial Infowars show host Alex Jones, who is commonly dubbed as a Right-wing conspiracy theorist, as a guest on his podcast which is exclusively under a $100 million contract with Spotify.
Gutierrez clarified, “Spotify has always been a place for creative expressions. It’s important to have diverse voices and points of view on our platform,” BuzzFeed reported.
“We are not going to ban specific individuals from being guests on other people’s shows, as the episode/show complies with our content policies,” Gutierrez said referring to Alex Jones although not naming him specifically.
“In closing, we appreciate that not all of you will agree with every piece of content on our platform. However, we do expect you to help your teams understand our role as a platform and the care we take in making decisions,” he concluded, according to the outlet.
Spotify’s decision comes after the platform previously banned Jones from airing Infowars in 2018, citing repeated violations of “prohibited content policies.” In light of this, both Spotify and Joe Rogan himself immediately received backlash after allowing Jones back as a guest on the show.
Leave it to the enemy of the people, also known as the mainstream media, to slam the decision as “entertaining conspiracy theories.” In actuality, it’s in line with our rights as Americans to free expression and speech.
If Americans want to listen to conspiracy theories, it’s their right to do so. If Americans want to create conspiracy theories, that is also their right to do so.
Those criticizing Spotify act as if we should be living in Orwellian times where there is “thought crime.” They want to control what the public sees and thinks.
Spotify made the right decision in refusing to ban guests for that reason alone. We must be allowed to think for ourselves. It’s not up to Big Tech companies or streaming services to decide what we should believe.
Because The Joe Rogan Experience seems to be the last stand in entertainment in that regard, it’s vital that we keep it that way without losing it to the progressive Left who wants to control what the public is exposed to.