Spotify CEO Daniel Ek apologizes to users for Joe Rogan’s “incredibly hurtful” podcast
By Ethan Huff // Feb 11, 2022

The biggest controversy surrounding "The Joe Rogan Experience" is not necessarily how the public is reacting to Joe Rogan's exercise of free speech, but rather how Spotify's employees are taking it.


Spotify workers are so upset over Rogan's opinions that the company's CEO, Daniel Ek, wrote a pathetically wimpy statement apologizing that Rogan has a voice.

"There are no words I can say to adequately convey how deeply sorry I am for the way The Joe Rogan Experience controversy continues to impact each of you," Ek groveled in an incredibly embarrassing way.

"Not only are some of Joe Rogan's comments incredibly hurtful – I want to make clear that they do not represent the values of this company. I know this situation leaves many of you feeling drained, frustrated and unheard."

Ek went on to explain that he wants his employees to know that he and other executives have "had conversations" with Rogan and his team about some of the content in his show, including "some racially insensitive language" he supposedly said. (Related: Rogan also said "offensive" things about how he cured himself from covid with ivermectin and nutrients.)

"Following these discussions and his own reflections, he chose to remove a number of episodes from Spotify," Ek further wrote. "He also issued his own apology over the weekend."

Ek "invests" $100 million in non-white music and art to pacify disgruntled employees

Ek did at least throw in a few comments about how censorship is not the way because "canceling voices is a slippery slope."

"... 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 ..."

"Looking at the issue more broadly, it's critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress."

Another criticism Ek has received involves his company's relationship with Rogan. There are some fascists at Spotify who do not believe that the company should be friends with Rogan at all.

Ek has responded to this by promising to contribute $100 million to "historically marginalized groups," which is code for non-white people.

"If we believe in having an open platform as a core value of the company, then we must also believe in elevating all types of creators, including those from underrepresented communities and a diversity of backgrounds," Ek says.

"We've been doing a great deal of work in this area already but I think we can do even more. So I am committing to an incremental investment of $100 million for the licensing, development, and marketing of music (artists and songwriters) and audio content from historically marginalized groups. This will dramatically increase our efforts in these areas."

Not everyone will be happy even with this concession, but it is the best that Ek can do. He at least still recognizes that some level of free speech should be allowed, otherwise the entire world will become a giant left-wing echo chamber of mind control.

"While some might want us to pursue a different path, I believe that more speech on more issues can be highly effective in improving the status quo and enhancing the conversation altogether," he added.

On social media, many responded to Ek's pandering letter with disgust. One of them wrote the following:

"Enough with the groveling. Enough with the censorship. Enough with the political correctness. The only thing that should matter is the 1st Amendment."

Another suggested that Rogan should just take Rumble's offer and leave Spotify entirely.

"If he doesn't, he needs to stop apologizing, double down, and fight," this same person added. "Joe Rogan has resources and plenty of cash in the bank."

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