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El American’s Idiot of the Week award goes to Neil Young for his ridiculous ultimatum to Spotify to take down Joe Rogan’s podcast.
The Simpsons is famous for its ability to predict future events, and this time it has done it again with Grandpa Abe Simpson’s “old man yell at a cloud” headline. Because that’s what old rock legend Neil Young seems to have done.
Young lived his glory days in the sixties and seventies of the last century, both as a solo artist and in groups like Buffalo Springfield — another nod to The Simpsons? — and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Despite the fact that half a century has passed since his days of wine and roses, Neil Young maintains a self-esteem worthy of study, as he has dared to send a letter to Spotify threatening to remove his music from the platform if they don’t delete Joe Rogan’s podcast.
Spotify hired Joe Rogan in 2020 for $100 million to do his podcast with them, which has an average audience of 11 million people per episode. We’re guessing the first thing the young executives at the Swedish tech company did upon receiving Young’s letter was to wonder who the hell this gentleman was.
Then they must have been looking in their own app and arguing for a while about whether any of his songs sounded like “a TV commercial, or maybe from that series or… wait a minute, not from that Vietnam War movie, or am I getting confused with the ones singing in a robe?”
Finally, we reckon it will have taken them at most two seconds to decide to heed Neil Young and remove his music from Spotify, rather than delete the podcasts from their flagship.
We have to give Young credit for being the first carcamal who, in trying to join in the cancellation woke culture fad, has ended up cancelling himself. Quite an achievement.
Neil Young is annoyed that Joe Rogan interviews experts he doesn’t like
This whole grotesque situation is a product of the campaign of harassment and demolition by the left against Joe Rogan, who has been characterized by giving voice in his program to characters that are vetoed by the hegemonic progressive media, who have been controlling the official narrative with an iron fist.
They seem particularly stung by the fact that thanks to Joe Rogan, the narrative that supports the authoritarian pandemic measures is beginning to break down. With his interviews with Drs. Malone and McCullough, Rogan has given millions of people access to information that is essential to get a better idea of what is happening with the pandemic, the restrictions and the vaccination campaign.
Young has probably longed for the times when he was doing political activism disguised behind his undeniable musical talent, and wanted to join the smear campaign against Joe Rogan waged by the left. But Neil Young miscalculated. The moral superiority he believes he has and his sky-high self-esteem have not been enough to bring Joe Rogan’s podcasts down from the cloud.
In his song Old Man, Young sang “old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you were.” Perhaps he is not aware that the protesting and rebellious spirit of the sixties is no longer controlled by the left, but on the contrary, it is the left that now tries to censor and silence people like Joe Rogan and his followers, who are rebelling against the system.
While Neil Young realizes this, he can enjoy El American’s Idiot of the Week award.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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