Country music star Travis Tritt has leveled criticism on 1960s-era “hippies” who are now attacking podcast giant Joe Rogan over speech when decades ago they were all about unlimited free speech.
“I really find it strange that so many musicians from the 60’s and 70’s are now against the idea of free speech. Isn’t that one of the big things they were supposedly fighting for 50-60 years ago?” the Grammy Award-winning musician tweeted.
He was reacting to the news of how iconic musicians like David Crosby, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell want their music removed from media streaming platform Spotify – because it won’t censor Rogan, who has a $100 million deal with the platform.
“If you look like a hippie, but you talk like an establishment FED, you’ve probably lost your bearings somewhere along the way,” Tritt added.
“This whole @Spotify situation started when Neil Young gave a ‘him or me’ ultimatum to Spotify over Joe Rogan,” Tritt explained in a follow-up post.
“Once Neil’s supporters realized that Spotify would not drop Rogan, the narrative suddenly shifted to ‘artists unhappy with streaming pay.’ Spin doctors are spinning!” he added.
Tritt also linked to an article explaining that Young’s threats to pull his music from Spotify ring hollow because he sold the rights to his songs last year, the same for other period artists like David Crosby.
“Since David Crosby is trending over demanding that his music be pulled from @Spotify, I’d like to point out that he sold his catalog last year and doesn’t own or control his music catalog anymore,” he wrote.
Others have sided with Rogan as well, standing up for his right to speak and pushing back on the narrative that he is racist after compilation of him using the “N-word” years ago during broadcasts — but never in a racist way, only in the context of repeating what black stars have said in the past — made the rounds recently.
Rogan posted a video to his Instagram on Saturday apologizing for language, particularly involving race, that was the “most regretful and shameful thing” he had ever had to address.
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