Spotify employees are reportedly not pleased with the platform hosting Joe Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience” (JRE).
The longtime podcast host has always interviewed individuals from all walks of life. Some fans disapprove of his willingness to engage in conversations with people they disagree with. Other listeners admire his ability to make real connections with people regardless of their religious identities, political views or past mistakes.
Rogan has also always hosted the show on YouTube, where he was not bound to the whims of any higher-ups. Now that he signed a $100 million deal for Spotify to license “JRE,” though, he’s facing backlash for doing what every podcaster does: Saying what he feels like.
Spotify employees threaten to strike if their demands about Rogan are not met
While the deal seemed like a win-win situation for the comedian and the streaming giant, some Spotify staffers were reportedly unhappy with the platform hosting some of Rogan’s more controversial episodes.
Paul Resnikoff with Digital Music News reports that some employees have requested the ability to edit Rogan’s index of over 1,000 interviews, removing certain parts they deem problematic.
“The employees also demanded the ability to add trigger warnings, corrections, and references to fact-checked articles on topics discussed by Rogan in the course of his multi-hour discussions,” he writes.
The situation has apparently gotten so contentious that some employees are threatening to strike.
“Some of the group’s demands have already been met by Spotify management, though a refusal to allow further changes is stirring talk of a high-profile walkout or strike,” reports Resnikoff.
Multiple ‘JRE’ episodes have already been removed from Spotify, Rogan issues apology
Spotify omitted multiple episodes of “JRE” when they uploaded the podcast’s library to their platform. These episodes included Rogan’s discussions with controversial guests including Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes.
Rogan also recently issued an apology for perpetuating false claims about left-wing activists starting some of the recent Oregon fires in an interview with Douglas Murray. It seems likely that Spotify superiors pressured Rogan into the apology, as he is usually not one to backtrack on his mind’s meanderings.
However, longtime Rogan listeners know he is constantly reiterating the fact that he is “a dummy,” one who shouldn’t be looked to for real-world advice or information. After all, he’s a comedian before all else – he created the show as entertainment, not news.
It’s reported that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek isn’t going to tolerate any sort of employee strike, but if the staff’s concerns are not heard, we may soon hear of a high-profile walkout.