According to the Associated Press Spotify has taken off R-Kelly’s music from their playlists citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct.
A spokesperson said Thursday that Kelly’s music is no longer available on the streaming service’s owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations. His music will still be available, but Spotify will not promote it.
The new policy defines hateful conduct as “something that is especially harmful or hateful,” such as violence against children and sexual violence.
This news is a big blow to the R&B star who has been battling allegations of sexual abuse for decades. Even the he was acquired in a 2008 trial over child pornography, however, a recent #MuteRKelly movement has put the singer under increased scrutiny again. In the #metoo era it looks as if r-Kelly might be the next man to fall and rightly so.
In a statement, the founders of the #MuteR.Kelly movement applauded Spotify’s move.
“It is important that those who market the work of problematic entertainers stand, in the end, with their company’s collective values,” it read in part. “We find this decision by Spotify a victory, and is just another step in our mission to Mute. R. Kelly.”
In its policy, Spotify made it clear that it doesn’t tolerate “content 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.”
Although R-Kelly’s music does not violate Spotify’s new policy, the new policy also takes into account the artist’s behaviour.
“While we don’t believe in censoring content because of an artist’s or creator’s behaviour, we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values,” the statement said. “So, in some circumstances, when an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful (for example, violence against children and sexual violence), it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”
Rapper XXXtentacion, who is awaiting trial on charges of assaulting his girlfriend will also be affected. However, artist such as Chris Brown who pleaded guilty to an attack on Rihanna several years ago has not been affected by the policy. Other artists may still be affected in the near future.