Neil Young got his panties in a twist last month with the streaming service Spotify by saying they either had to get rid of Joe Rogan or he would pull his music off the platform. It was quickly learned that the aging hippie singer didn’t even own the rights to most of his music, so he had no authority to pull anything.
In the end, Spotify decided to keep Rogan, the #1 podcaster, and so, to keep face, the worst part of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young is now using his celebrity as a left-wing activist to make more demands like a petulant child.
On Monday, Young posted on his website that Baby Boomers should withdraw their money from big banks so that they can help the environment. He also asked creators and musicians to pull their work from Spotify and told Spotify workers that they should walk away and quit their jobs.
“In our communication age, disinformation is the problem,” Young wrote, telling his faithful that it is time to “ditch the misinformers.”
I honestly don’t understand why this has-been rock star went after Rogan in the first place. Rogan simply told his story about how he used ivermectin to get over COVID. So what? So did I, and I’m not spreading misinformation either. Six hours after my second dose, my Delta COVID symptom vanished.
There are thousands of medical doctors around the world who treated their COVID-19 patients with ivermectin and they revealed the results, but people on the Left in government, Fake News, and the social media tech tyrants have censored and spread misinformation and in some cases disinformation about its use as a therapeutic for COVID.
“To the baby boomers, I say 70 percent of the country’s financial assets are in your hands compared with just about 5 percent for millennials. You and I need to lead,” the 76-year-old who always looks like he is in dire need of a bath continued. “In our age of Climate Chaos, I say ditch the companies contributing to the mass fossil fuel destruction of the Earth.”
And there you have it. Young is also a climate change nut. I don’t know if he is naïve enough to really believe the junk science behind it, or if he is just a leftist soldier with money pushing the socialist agenda.
Young then specified Bank of America, Chase, Citi, and Wells Fargo as the part of a group of major corporations that fund “fossil fuel damage even as the global temperature keeps climbing.” He then asked Americans to join his movement and remove their money from the “damage causers,” even though most of them like to heat their homes in the winter.
Young then picked on Spotify like a spoiled little brat who didn’t get his way.
“To the musicians and creators in the world, I say this: You must be able to find a better place than Spotify to be the home of your art,” he wrote.
Sound familiar? Workers of the world unite!
So because he tried to put the squeeze on Spotify to cancel Joe Rogan and he lost, he now wants other people on Spotify to leave the premier audio streaming and media service provider too.
Next, he spoke to the Spotify workers.
“To the workers at Spotify, I say Daniel Ek is your big problem — not Joe Rogan. Ek pulls the strings. Get out of that place before it eats up your soul,” Young said. “The only goals stated by EK are about numbers — not art, not creativity.”
But most people on Spotify don’t have a problem with the service. Young only had a problem because he wanted to feel relevant again, so he threatened to pull his music, thinking Spotify would cave to him, but in business, money talks and bullschtein walks.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek sent an email to staff this week letting them know where he and the company stands on censorship.
“I want to make one point very clear — 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, but canceling voices is a slippery slope. Looking at the issue more broadly, it’s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress.”
Bravo, Mr. Ek. Free speech wins every time.
Rich is a conservative, syndicated opinion writer and owner of MAGA-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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