Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet has called for Spotify to remove the music of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, the Eagles‘ Don Henley, Ted Nugent and other artists from the streaming service, stating that the musicians were being “glorified despite allegations of abuse.” The demand came after Spotify removed a number of artists last week as part of a new hate content policy aimed at refusing exposure to those with a history of abusive behavior.
- Acts like R. Kelly and XXXTentacion, two artists with long histories of sexual misconduct and abuse, were dropped from the service as a result of the new policy.
- UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas wrote in an open letter to Spotify chief Daniel Ek, “On behalf of our one million members, UltraViolet applauds and supports this choice. Yet as you know, these two men are not the only abusers on your platform. We implore you to take a deeper look at the artists you promote.”
- Thomas added, “Every time a famous individual continues to be glorified despite allegations of abuse, we wrongly perpetuate silence by showing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that there will be no consequences for abuse.”
- A 2017 report published by Consequence Of Sound listed some of the claims of misconduct by the four rock artists cited by UltraViolet. Among them were Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis’ sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl when he was 23, as well as Tyler’s guardianship of a 16-year-old girl whom he got pregnant when he was 27.
- Henley was put on probation in 1980 after being found with two underage girls, while in 1978, a 30-year-old Nugent faced kidnapping charges involving a 17-year-old girl.