Last week, R. Kelly and XXXtentacion were fromÂ Spotifyâs âeditorial or algorithmic playlistsâ as part the platformâs newÂ Â policy. Past accusations sexual misconduct on the part both artists led to the decision.
“When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator,” Spotify told Billboard.
However, soon following that decision, many people began to question why these artists were being singled out and not others who have been accused sexual misconduct in the past or more recently.Â Womenâs advocacy group UltraViolet is now urging Spotify to follow up on its promise and do the same with other artists accused sexual abuse.
As revealed by Consequence Sound, “InÂ an open letter, UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas specifically calls out the likes Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Eminem, Don Henley The Eagles, Steven Tyler Aerosmith, Tekashi 6ix9ine, and Ted Nugent, citing them as artists ‘who continue to prit from your promotion.'”
If Spotify is going to say that it takes these issues seriously, it has to treat all artists equally, even if they’re big artists like the ones mentioned previously.
You can read the open letter from UltraViolet .
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