Spotify has removed R.Kelly’s music from their playlists and recommendations list. And so the arguments begin.
The music streaming service made this decision based on their new ‘hate content and hateful conduct’ policy which stipulates that the core values of the brand are openness, diversity, tolerance, and respect. These are values which are to be practiced through music and the creative arts.
R.Kelly no longer fits the bill following two latest allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer. Rapper, XXXTentacion who has been embroiled in several legal issues, also met the same fate.
According to Billboard, Spotify said they do not censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behaviour, but they do want their editorial decisions to reflect their values.
‘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.’
But let’s be honest, R.Kelly hasn’t fit the bill for decades but he continued to live his best life and making money like nothing happened. Straight from the book, Male Privilege 101.
With the backing of many male privilege wall watchers and protectors, who believe that this move is ‘unfair’ to R.Kelly as he is not convicted of any crime.
Spotify is wrong for what there doing to artist like R Kelly and xxxtentacion. There not even convicted of any thing.
— 50cent (@50cent) May 10, 2018
XXXtentacion’s team responded to The New York Times with a list of other musicians who should have and should suffer the same consequences.
a response from XXXTentacion’s team on Spotify’s decision to remove him from playlists pic.twitter.com/ivtEDJ2yGS
— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) May 10, 2018
We also can think of many more others, including Chris Brown, who remains booked despite his violent ways to which he shows zero remorse for. Kanye West, who has become horrifyingly irresponsible with his ignorant commentary, Ryan Seacrest, even though the investigations into the sexual violence allegations against him didn’t go any far because of ‘lack of evidence’.
We wonder, does the lack of evidence mean the incident didn’t take place?
We have more ideas but we will leave it here for now.