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Why does a women's group want Spotify to remove Eminem and Chris Brown?

Spotify's anti-hate content policy has a lot of responsibility

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 15 May 2018, 1:33 PM
Will Spotify ditch Eminem?

Will Spotify ditch Eminem? Image: Facebook

Last week Spotify made good on its anti-hate content policy by removing artistes R Kelly and XXXTentacion, both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct and domestic abuse, from its curated playlists.

The move made by the music and podcast streaming service was widely applauded, especially since disturbing evidence against R Kelly mounted with each passing day. Now, a New York-based women's advocacy group called Ultraviolet, founded by Nita Chaudhary and Shaunna Thomas, have urged Spotify to follow the same policy with respect to artistes accused of misconduct.

In an open letter, Thomas, UltraViolet's executive director calls out Chris Brown, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Eminem, and Ted Nugent, citing them as artistes “who continue to profit from your promotion.”

The letter written by Ultraviolet

The letter written by Ultraviolet Image: Twitter

"Every time a famous individual continues to be glorified despite allegations of abuse, we wrongly perpetuate silence by showing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that there will be no consequences for abuse. That has a cultural effect far beyond one individual artist," Thomas writes in her open letter, according to a report by Billboard.

While most artistes and listeners support the ban, some names like 50 Cent took to Twitter to express their displeasure with Spotify's move.

Spotify's ban against hate content has been widely discussed. "When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful (for example, violence against children and sexual violence), it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator," reads their policy.

Interestingly, after Spotify removed Kelly and XXXTentacion, other streaming giants like Apple Music also removed the same names, although no official confirmation have been released by them.

"Apple still isn’t commenting officially on its policy but XXXTentacion and 6ix9ine were on the “A-List: Hip-Hop” playlist yesterday and today are gone (caveat: a lot of music came out last night/other accused artists are still there)," writes music journalist Joe Coscarelli.

He also points out that Spotify has a lot of work to do if it decides to stick to its anti-hate content policy. Coscarelli also shared a response  XXXTentacion’s team shared with him.

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