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Singer India Arie is one of the latest artists to ask Spotify to remove her music over the Joe Rogan controversy. However, India Arie isn’t citing Rogan’s misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic as her reason. She’s calling out Rogan for past comments that can be interpreted as racially insensitive at best and outright racist at worst.
India Arie took to social media and shared clips of the controversial comedian/MMA commentator/podcaster using the N-word and other disparaging language about black people, like referring to black neighborhoods as “Planet of the Apes.”
Regarding his use of the n-word, India Arie said “[Joe Rogan] shouldn’t even be uttering the [n-]word. Don’t even say it, under any context. That’s where I stand. I have always stood there.” She went on to rip Spotify for its revenue share with artists and how that links up with the Rogan controversy. “We have this person who is offensive to a lot of people and is paid $100 million. The backbone of Spotify is the music. You pay the musicians .003-.005 percent of a penny and take this money generated over here and use it to invest in this guy? Do you what you want, but take me off. Or pay me too. I mean us. Pay artists like me too. Pay podcasters of color too.”