This is terrible. I really like Spotify. I use it almost every day. But the busybodies are busy there too. Maybe Spotify can hire Tipper “let’s ban anything that is slightly interesting in music” Gore as an advisor.
The sillyland censors just can’t hep themselves. They MUST BUBBLEWRAP THE WORLD.
Several advocacy groups will help Spotify identify “hate content.” Among them: the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, and GLAAD.
Fighting bigotry is a fine goal, and I am sure Spotify’s intentions are pure. It also goes without saying that a private company can moderate content however it wants.
That said, the this “hate content” policy is an ambiguous mess doomed to failure. Music, including a lot of incredibly popular music, is full of hateful, racist, sexist, homophobic, and otherwise appalling messages. Attempting to sort the truly objectionable from the merely edgy or dated will only lend itself to arbitrary enforcement.
Take “Gangsta Gangsta,” from NWA’s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton. The rap has racked up an impressive 31 million streams on Spotify, dazzling listeners with lyrics like “dumb-ass hooker ain’t nothing but a dyke” and “life ain’t nothing but bitches and money”.
And since I can’t help myself I will now post one of my favorites of the Gansta rap era below. Listen to it while you still can.
Or not. Some people probably should just pass.