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Neil Young tried to take Joe Rogan down. He lost.

What was Neil Young thinking? He acted like a spoiled baby when he threw a tantrum demanding that Joe Rogan be removed from streaming service Spotify because the podcast host dared to host some independent voices. 

And that has back-fired badly.

Young’s petulant demand came in the form of an open letter posted on his website urging his record label and management to scrub his music from Spotify, accusing the platform of “spreading fake information about vaccines” by hosting The Joe Rogan Experience.

He wrote: “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform.  “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both”.

The petulant demand was both cringy and foolish.

The singer was once a huge star but this is Joe Rogan’s time. The podcaster is enormously popular and very likeable, not least because he seems genuinely curious, interested in listening to diverse voices, and unconstrained by the rules of engagement that the establishment increasingly tries to compel everyone to follow.

Spotify was never going to kick Rogan off Spotify in response to a threat from a guy with a fraction of his following. The ultimatum backfired badly.

Now, Spotify has agreed to pull Young’s work from streaming. Rogan’s podcast  remains. It was the most popular podcasts on Spotify platform for 2021, so that decision was a no-brainer.

Young is a child of the Sixties but, like most liberals nowadays, has acted more like a grumpy authoritarian pushing an establishment view than a free-wheeling hippy happy to let live and let live.

He has now posted a new letter claiming that “Spotify has recently become a very damaging force via its public misinformation and lies about COVID.”

“I first learned of this problem by reading that 200 plus doctors had joined forces, taking on the dangerous life-threatening COVID falsehoods found in Spotify programming. Most of the listeners hearing the unfactual, misleading and false COVID information on Spotify are 24 years old, impressionable and easy to swing to the wrong side of the truth. These young people believe Spotify would never present grossly unfactual information. They unfortunately are wrong. I knew I had to try to point that out,” he wrote.

If Young is referring to another ‘open letter’ to Spotify regarding Rogan, then he, like many others, has got his facts wrong.

It is not true that “200 plus doctors” signed a letter demanding that Spotify take action against Rogan.

Although the media might have given that impression, conservative news site The Blaze found that only 87 of the signatories were actually medical doctors or doctors of osteopathic medicine. Funnily enough, the revelation didn’t lead to the usual hand-wringing and demands for intervention from Big Tech.

Meanwhile, Rogan who has never asked for anyone to be censured will likely continue to grow and become too  big to be cancelled. It’s a shame to see an advocate of freedom like Young become  a grouchy, peevish, controlling twat throwing his toys out of the pram, but as PJ O’Rourke once said “Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats”. Good job he doesn’t have a podcast to take down from Spotify.

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