Joe Rogan Responds To Rumors That Spotify Employees Are Threatening To Strike Unless His Podcast Is Censored

Written by K. Walker on October 6, 2020

For the past couple of weeks, Spotify employees have been very upset with the King of Podcasts, Joe Rogan. The comedian has weighed in.

Earlier this year, Joe Rogan signed an exclusive, multi-year, $100 million deal to bring his singularly popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, to Spotify.

In July, Rogan had Abigail Shrier, a journalist who recently wrote the book, IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, which has been lambasted by transgender activists as “transphobic.” Spotify employees were outraged.

In late September, Spotify employees were threatening to strike if Rogan’s podcast wasn’t censored.

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Rogan has said, “Spotify has said nothing. Listen to me. Nothing. They haven’t said anything to my manager. They haven’t said anything to me. They’ve said nothing.”

But some Rogan fans have noticed that certain episodes of the show with “controversial guests” didn’t seem to make it to Spotify. Missing episodes included Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, comedian Chris D’Elia, and a few others.

The MMA commentator, comedian, and podcaster has stayed relatively quiet on the issue until his episode on October 1 with fellow comedian, Tim Dillon.

During the long-form interview, Rogan addressed the issue directly while discussing the new push for total acceptance by transgender activists to embrace the self-proclaimed gender dysphoria of children uncritically; acceptance of puberty-blocking medication, and more.

ROGAN: Look, people are so malleable, they’re so easily influenced, and for us to deny that doesn’t do anybody any good, doesn’t do anybody any service. So this is the main issue they had with that, you know. This is the, apparently, this is the main problem they had with this one particular episode [with Abigail Shrier] and I’m sure they’ve had issues with other episodes as well, but like I’ve said before: I’m talking off the top of my head, and a lot of times, I’m saying sh*t I don’t even mean — because I’m saying it because this is a f*cking podcast. And if you have a problem with people saying terrible sh*t and you work for Spotify, maybe you should listen to some of the lyrics. Ok? Because some of the lyrics in some of the f*ckin music you guys play over and over and over again makes my sh*t pale in comparison. Pale. If you’re listening to some rap music right now— I’m not anti-rap, I love rap music. I’m– I’m f*cking saying, go back and listen to NWA. Go back and listen to some of the early sh*t. Like go back and listen to Ice-T, “Cop Killer” From the Body Count days. Whew.

Here is where the relevant comments begin:

On Monday, Rogan also tweeted out a video by comedian J.P. Sears titled, “Spotify Employees Censoring Joe Rogan.”

Here’s the video:

Yep. That about sums it up.

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