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Lines are being drawn in the fight for free speech on Spotify, as musicians pull their music from the platform over alleged “misinformation” spread by Joe Rogan on his wildly popular podcast, and Rogan is getting some “Rock”-solid support.
After Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and guitarist Nils Lofgren yanked their music from Spotify last week, Rogan posted a ten-minute video on Instagram in response to his critics, garnering a comment from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that has gained a lot of attention.
“Great stuff here brother,” wrote Johnson. “Perfectly articulated. Look forward to coming on one day and breaking out the tequila with you.”
“Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Will Cain joined “Fox & Friends First” Wednesday and praised Johnson for voicing his support at a time when mainstream culture seems willing to accept censorship.
“It’s the pop culture, acceptable thing right now to call for misinformation,” Cain said. “I was driving around in Dallas the other day listening to what used to be one of my favorite sports radio stations — a host who could have been canceled any of a thousand times over the last 20 years — openly say, ‘Well, you have a responsibility when you’re talking about public health’ and call for censorship. I was appalled, but I think that ultimately those sports radio hosts were sheep because mainstream, acceptable culture right now seems to be accepting censorship.”
“So here’s Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson swimming the other way, swimming upstream and saying he supports Joe Rogan,” Cain continued. “I find that very encouraging. Most notably because I think it is rare. Unfortunately, I think it’s pretty rare today to be, as you described me, so gratuitously and accurately I might say, as a free speech proponent. Who in the United States of America now truly stands for free speech?”
Actually, more people than Cain might think.
Rogan, who challenged the word “misinformation” given that what we know about COVID-19 seems to change on almost a daily basis, has been receiving support from many notable Blue Check accounts, including journalist Jordan Chamberlain, Tulsi Gabbard, and Neil Oliver.
“The Olympics is being held in a genocidal security state,” tweeted Chamberlain, “but God forbid Joe Rogan has a podcast.”
The Olympics is being held in a genocidal security state but God forbid Joe Rogan has a podcast
— Jordan Chamberlain (@jordylancaster) February 1, 2022
Tulsi Gabbard, who has appeared on Rogan’s podcast on more than one occasion, tweeted about the “zealots of wokeism,” stating they “try to censor voices who don’t agree with theirs, because they fear the absurdity and weakness of their positions will be exposed.”
I get the feeling some people are using @joerogan's COVID interview as a pretext to silence his voice because he's not woke. Zealots of wokeism try to censor voices who don't agree with theirs, because they fear the absurdity and weakness of their positions will be exposed.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) February 1, 2022
And Scottish-born historian Neil Oliver, who has been incredibly vocal in his criticism of Great Britain’s authoritarian COVID measures, said simply, “Joe Rogan is bigger than Spotify.”
Joe Rogan is bigger than Spotify.
— Neil Oliver (@thecoastguy) February 1, 2022
“I’m going to do my best, in the future, to balance things out,” Rogan said. “I’m going to do my best. But my point of doing this, always, is just to create interesting conversations and ones that I hope people enjoy.”
And while that “balance” is a large part of why Rogan has the top podcast in the world, many feel it will be impossible to maintain on Spotify, because their is no appeasing a mob that is intent on censoring dissenting views.
“The mob will still come for you,” tweeted Breitbart News reporter Alana Mastrangelo, “because they’re not interested in having/listening to a variety of meaningful discussions. Their goal is censorship.”
It won’t matter if you have guests with differing opinions right after you host guests with “controversial” opinions. The mob will still come from you, because they’re not interested in having/listening to a variety of meaningful discussions. Their goal is censorship.
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) January 31, 2022
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