Spotify Employees Call Joe Rogan Episodes Transphobic, Struggle Within Company

by Jeremy Spirogis
Spotify Employees Call Joe Rogan Episodes Transphobic, Struggle Within Company

The Joe Rogan Experience lately made its enormous and worthwhile transition to Spotify, roughly across the identical time Joe Rogan himself made his transfer to Texas. However, neither transfer has been significantly clean. Fans have been less-than-thrilled with Rogan’s new studio area in Texas. And in the meantime, Spotify has been struggling over varied controversial episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience, together with a number of that the corporate’s staff discover transphobic. 

Joe Rogan episodes dropped by Spotify 

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Joe Rogan has been going through some scrutiny lately because the podcast host has invited alt-right pundits onto his present with rising regularity. Notably, Rogan doesn’t take a lot accountability for the dangerous views people like Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, Ben Shapiro, and Jordan Peterson haven’t any qualms sharing.

According to The Wrap, The Joe Rogan Experience episodes that includes Alex Jones, Chris D’Elia, Gavin McInnes, and Milo Yiannopoulos have been all lacking from the Spotify lineup when the present transitioned. 

After a cursory search on Spotify simply now, it seems as if D’Elia, Jones, McInnes, and Yiannopoulos are nonetheless lacking. However, Alex Jones has claimed that their episodes will probably be uploaded to Spotify. 

Spotify offers with inside struggles over transphobic episodes

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Unsurprisingly, some Spotify staff are taking umbrage with Joe Rogan’s extra alienating podcast episodes. Notably, they’re requesting that Spotify management take away transphobic content material from the uploads. 

“In the case of Joe Rogan, a total of 10 meetings have been held with various groups and individuals to hear their respective concerns,” mentioned Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. “And some of them want Rogan removed because of things he’s said in the past.”

As reported by Vice, questions ask embrace, “Many LGBTQAI+/ally Spotifiers feel unwelcome and alienated because of leadership’s response in JRE conversations. What is your message to those employees?” 

Another query referred to a bunch inside Spotify meant to deal with these points, mentioning that Spotify has gone in opposition to its personal pointers. 

“Why has Spotify chosen to ignore Spectrum ERG’s guidance about transphobic content in the JRE catalog?” they requested.

It is price noting that one such episode consists of and interview with Abigail Shrier, a famous transphobe who penned the e-book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. It can also be price noting that Rogan appeared to endorse her views at factors. 

Spotify management defends selection 

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Despite the assorted complaints introduced up by staff, Spotify has determined to maintain the episodes accessible. Spotify has additionally requested staff to not talk about their issues with the media, a damning transfer to make in and of itself. 

Daniel Ek allegedly knowledgeable his staff, “If we can’t have open, confidential debates, we will have to move those discussions to closed doors.” 

“Others have concerns specifically over a recent episode. And Joe Rogan and the episode in question have been reviewed extensively. The fact that we aren’t changing our position doesn’t mean we aren’t listening. It just means we made a different judgment call,” Ek added. 

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