Leftists Now Want To Police Your Music

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Scott Greer Contributor
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Left-wing groups want to control what music you are allowed to listen to on Spotify.

Last week, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Peter Hasson reported that the notorious Southern Poverty Law Center is advising the popular music streaming service on “hate content.” (RELATED: The Left-Wing SPLC Is Now Policing What Music You Can Listen To On Spotify)

According to Spotify, “hate content” constitutes music “that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”

But the streaming service admits it won’t apply this policy universally due to differing “cultural standards and sensitivities.” That likely means they will only censor music that’s offensive to left-wing activists instead of devout Catholics.

This new focus on hate content also resulted in the expulsion of R&B singer R. Kelly’s music from official Spotify playlists last week. R. Kelly is obviously not a white supremacist, but he is someone who stands accused of sexual misconduct. That makes his music worthy of the boot, even though he hasn’t even been charged in a court of law.

That move has inspired left-wing activists to call for more mainstream artists to be banned from Spotify due to accusations of sexual misconduct or “sexist” lyrics. Feminist group UltraViolet issued a letter this week demanding the streaming service remove the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, Nelly, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and others from its playlists.

“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,” UltraViolet stated. “That has a cultural effect far beyond one individual artist.”

The original point of eliminating “hate content” was to target white power rock. Now it’s a rule that can be used to suppress the music of artists that run afoul of left-wing activists.

The makers of contemporary popular music aren’t exactly paragons of moral behavior. There are plenty of convicted drug dealers, murderers and other criminals in the music world. Both rockers and rappers have flaunted their rebellion against society’s standards as part of their music and brand.

Enforcing the standards of social justice warriors against these artists will result in several bans from Spotify and other services. What would be the standard for allowing one to listen to an artist? Does just one sexual misconduct allegation result in a ban? How about lyrics the SPLC or feminists don’t like? Does bragging about groupies make you persona non grata?

Anything is possible when you let in left-wing crazies on the decision making. Hope you don’t like Led Zeppelin too much because their wild story involving a dead shark and a groupie may make them too unsavory for Spotify.

For years, progressive bloggers have made the case for how this band or that genre was problematic and why you should no longer listen to them. They’re stupid articles and carried no power behind them. Now, those articles do have serious influence and can transform from advice to commands.

It’s not the first time America has dealt with schoolmarms trying to ban music. In the 1980s, the infamous Parents Music Resource Center, led by Tipper Gore, launched a crusade against heavy metal music. Their failed efforts have lived on as a testament to free expression triumphing over clueless censors.

Today, it’s no longer senators’ wives and soccer moms who want to ban music — it’s the woke crowd who demands such action. Left-wing activists have far more cultural capital than the PMRC ever had and are seen as the arbiters of morality by corporate America.

Big Tech continually acknowledges the moral superiority of the woke and are increasingly relying on them to police their platforms. Spotify’s latest moves show that it’s not just tweets and news they want to regulate.

They’re coming for your music, too.

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