India Arie Asks Spotify to Clear away Audio Around Joe Rogan Expressing N-Word

Barbara Merkley
  • India Arie stated she is eradicating her songs and podcast from Spotify.
  • Arie, 46, shared video clip clips of Rogan, 54, stating the racial slur on his podcast. 
  • Neil Young and Joni Mitchell earlier requested Spotify take away their tunes more than COVID-19 misinformation. 

Singer India Arie shared clips of Joe Rogan repeatedly indicating the N-term on his Spotify podcast, which she said led to her needs for the


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support to take out her audio.  

Before this week, India Arie introduced that she decided to pull her tunes and podcast from Spotify’s site next Neil Youthful. In January, Youthful and singer Joni Mitchell mentioned they desired their audio taken out about COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, and cited Rogan as a proponent of disseminating wrong data. 

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“I believe that in flexibility of speech. On the other hand, I locate Joe Rogan problematic for explanations other than his Covid interviews,” Arie, 46, wrote. “For me, it is also his language about race.”

On Thursday, the Grammy Award winner returned to Instagram to even more clarify her assertion by sharing a lot more than 20 clips of Rogan saying the N-word on his Spotify podcast, “The Joe Rogan Encounter.” 1 clip appeared to display Rogan comparing Black neighborhoods to “World of the Apes.” 

Deadline reported that the clips, which were posted to YouTube at 1 time, ended up made in advance of he signed his $100 million Spotify deal in 2020. 

Arie then reported she sympathized with artists leaving the platform more than COVID-19 misinformation but targeted on his racial remarks. She additional that she isn’t going to want to support a platform that underpays its artists, but paid Rogan a large salary. 

“He should not even be uttering the term,” Arie mentioned in an additional Instagram clip. “Will not even say it, below any context. Really don’t say it. That’s wherever I stand. I have often stood there.”

Following the clips began to get traction on-line, Rogan tackled them in an Instagram video on Saturday. 

Rogan termed the clips “the most regretful and shameful point I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.” He reported the clips Arie showed have been “out of context” and amassed from “12 yrs of conversations.”

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“It appears to be fucking terrible. Even to me,” he reported. “I know that to most people today, there is no context where by a white person is at any time authorized to say that term, by no means brain publicly on a podcast. And I concur with that now, I haven’t said it in yrs.”

Rogan explained he employed the N-term when it “arrived up in dialogue” and denied staying racist. 

Representatives for Arie and Rogan did not straight away respond to Insider’s ask for for comment. 

Immediately after Youthful and Mitchell’s announcement in January, Prince Harry and Megan Markle — who have a multi-yr offer with Spotify — urged the company to cease sharing COVID-19 misinformation in a statement. On top of that, 270 scientists and health care personnel identified as on Spotify to quit COVID-19 misinformation about Rogan’s podcast in January. 

Rogan at first dealt with Younger and Mitchell specifically.  “I’m extremely sorry that they experience that way. I most surely you should not want that,” Rogan claimed. 

He additional, “I want to thank Spotify for staying so supportive in the course of this time, and I’m quite sorry that this is happening to them and that they’re having so considerably heat from it.”

Ahead of Rogan’s apology, subsequent the public criticism, Spotify appeared to quietly delete 70 of Rogan’s podcast episodes unrelated to the COVID-19 controversy. 

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