Joni Mitchell says she will follow Neil Young in removing his music from Spotify over vaccine misinformation – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people’s lives,” the Canadian musician wrote in a declaration posted on its website on Friday. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”
Mitchell’s decision comes after Young asked his managers and record company to order the immediate removal of all his songs from Spotify, due to vaccine misinformation spread by comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan.
In a statement now deleted from its website, rolling stone reported that Young, 76, said the aftermath “potentially causes the death of those who believe this misinformation is spreading,” adding, “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Mitchell, known for her songs “Big Yellow Taxi” and “A Case of You”, also cited a open letter to Spotify posted earlier this month by a coalition of scientists and medical professionals calling for an anti-misinformation policy.
The letter was reposted in full on the 78-year-old singer’s website, and the authors in it highlighted a number of concerns about Rogan’s podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, which is currently the most popular podcast in the US and UK on Spotify.
CNN has contacted Rhino, the record label of Spotify and Mitchell, but has yet to hear back.
Rogan has “discouraged vaccination of young people and children, falsely asserted that mRNA vaccines are ‘gene therapy’, promoted the off-label use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19…and spread a certain number of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories,” the authors of the open letter said.
They also said that at least two recent guests had “compared pandemic politics to the Holocaust” and said misinformation was “a sociological problem of devastating proportions and that Spotify is responsible for allowing this activity to thrive on its platform”.
Spotify later agreed to remove Young’s music from its platform, and the hashtag #RemoveSpotify went viral amid criticism from Rogan’s podcast. Apple Music too tweeted Thursday that was now”Neil Young’s house.”
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