Last Updated on February 7, 2022
YouTube alternative Rumble has offered Joe Rogan $100 million to leave Spotify and distribute The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) through their platform. The offer comes after sustained left-wing outrage/cancel campaigns have prompted Spotify to remove dozens of JRE episodes.
Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski publicized the offer in a letter addressed to Rogan. “We stand with you, your guests, and your legion of fans in desire for real conversation. So we’d like to offer you 100 million reasons to make the world a better place,” wrote Pavlovski. “How about you bring your shows to Rumble, both old and new, with no censorship, for 100 million bucks over four years.”
— Rumble (@rumblevideo) February 7, 2022
Rumble styles itself as a free speech alternative to the heavily moderated YouTube. Rumble, which started in 2013, hosts several personalities who have been censored by or booted from YouTube, including Steven Crowder and Alex Jones. In December, Rumble announced a bid to go public and said it hopes to raise $400 million. The announcement came shortly after the platform recorded enormous growth in active users, jumping from 1.6 million average monthly active users in Q3 2020 to 36 million average monthly active users in Q3 2021.
Rumble’s offer matches what Joe Rogan was reportedly paid by Spotify in 2020 when it became the exclusive publisher of the podcast.
Left-wing extremists have been calling for Joe Rogan’s removal from Spotify for months, citing his views on the COVID-19 pandemic and associated mandates. When Rogan contracted the virus this past September, he beat the virus in three days using a regimen that included vitamins, ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies. “So we immediately threw the kitchen sink at it, all kinds of meds, monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak, prednisone, everything,” Rogan said in an Instagram video shortly after his recovery. “Uh, and I also got an NAD drip and a vitamin drip and I did that three days in a row. And so, here we are on Wednesday, and I feel great. I really only had one bad day,” he continued. Several notable figures later reached out to the podcast host for advice after contracting the virus, including UFC President Dana White and NFL superstar Aaron Rodgers.
In January, it was reported that close to 300 “medical professionals and experts” signed a letter demanding that Spotify censor Joe Rogan. “By allowing the propagation of false and societally harmful assertions, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance offered by medical professionals,” read the letter. It was later revealed that dozens of signatories were nothing more than teachers, medical assistants or outright left-wing activists.
The letter was only the beginning for Joe Rogan, who has been the subject of a sustained cancel campaign all year. Former rock star Neil Young asked to have his music removed from the platform in protest of Rogan’s views, though the movement failed to gain traction. After Rogan received widespread support in spite of the failed boycott, clips surfaced of Rogan using the n-word during his podcast, which prompted Spotify to remove 113 episodes of JRE. Guests whose episodes were removed included Alex Jones, Jordan Peterson and Tim Pool.
The Biden regime has also called for tech companies to crack down on “misinformation” after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the situation at a press briefing. “Our hope is that all major tech platforms, and all major news sources, for that matter, be responsible and be vigilant to ensure the American people have access to accurate information on something as significant as COVID-19. That certainly includes Spotify,” said Psaki in a chilling statement. “It’s a positive step. But we want every platform to continue doing more to call out…misinformation while also uplifting accurate information.”
Psaki encourages platforms like Spotify to censor their content. pic.twitter.com/odaxP7hqmn
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 1, 2022
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek that Rogan’s language was “incredibly hurtful” in a message to employees on Sunday. “While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more,” Ek said in the letter. “And I want to make one point very clear — I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer.”
Rumble’s offer comes with a “no censorship” promise as Spotify continues to remove episodes of JRE. The purge has even extended to non-political guests, such as Bill Burr.