Digital music streaming service Spotify removed R.Kelly’s music from all of its playlists and algorithmic recommendations. This move followed the introduction of its new hate content policy, introduced on May 10th.
Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet is now urging Spotify to continue targeting artists it claims have similar histories.
UltraViolet Executive Director Shaunna Thomas included several names in an open letter. Those include Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Eminem, Don Henley of The Eagles, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Tekashi 6ix9ine, and Ted Nugent.
Thomas wrote: “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. That has a cultural effect far beyond one individual artist.”
Spotify have yet to respond to the open letter published by UltraViolet. But Thomas says she hopes the digital music service’s latest guidelines will influence other streaming platforms to follow suit.
H/T: Consequence of Sound