However, if we're looking for a silver lining, now that it's happening to Rogan and people in the mainstream are noticing, it won't be just people on the right talking about Big Tech censorship. Because Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini — someone who has experience when "cancel culture" comes knocking on your company door — said something in a video I think more in the mainstream need to think about.
So Spotify employees don't like what Joe Rogan talks about. They don't like his views. They don't like the way he agrees with people. What's gonna happen when the next pop song is launched and Spotify employees don't like the lyrics? Or they don't like the politics of the singer? Or they don't like the past of the singer? Where does cancel culture end?
That's a question we've been wondering for a while. It started with censoring "hate speech," which, even with loose definitions of what that means, we can all agree on a handful of no-no words no one should be saying and the context they shouldn't be saying them in. Then it was "borderline speech" without ever defining what exactly was borderline other than it was at the whim of the person pressing the buttons. Then it became political comments that weren't "independently" fact-checked by "fact"-"checkers" who have their own agenda. Then doctors who questioned some of the pandemic regulations. Then it's people who have valid concerns about mail-in voting. Now it's Joe Rogan, just because some woke leftist twats who work for Spotify don't like the opinions the people express while on his show, or the fact Rogan has conversations with them.
In fairness, I mostly agree with people who think this is just a handful of employees making a stink and whining to sympathetic reporters. More often than not, a lot of "cancel culture" is five idiots having the same dumb opinion on Twitter and others looking for the cheap clickbait. I, to be honest, I know because we can smell our own. The problem is that while "cancel culture" makes up a really small group who makes up an even smaller portion of America, they seem to make up 95% of people employed by the Big Tech companies.
Hopefully what's happening with Joe Rogan right now helps shine the light on that to a broader audience. All while he gets high AF in his new mansion that he paid for with Spotify employee tears.
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