Neil Young boycotts

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For reasons that should be obvious to the richest man on Earthwrote Neil Young, we are taking this action against his company. »

Nearly two years after removing his music from Spotify because of Covid misinformation on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Neil Young has decided to no longer use X (formerly Twitter) because of Elon Musk’s recent anti-Semitic statements .

We stop any use of X that we can controlYoung wrote in the Neil Young Archives. For reasons that should be obvious to the richest man on the planet, we are taking this action against his company. »

He ends with an appeal to the people, to “ our many Palestinian friends » and « our many Jewish friends “. “ We must start anew in the present and shake off our terrible ties to the pastwrote Mr. Young. As bad as they are, they must be forgotten so that we can be free to move forward in life together, all of humanity, focused on saving our planet for future generations of all people. »

In 2015, Young took on the agrochemical company Monsanto in his protest album The Monsanto Years. The album included “ A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop », in which he denounced the use of GMOs by Starbucks.

Four years later, he left Facebook for broadcasting “ fake news “. “ I don’t think a social site should make obvious commitments to one political camp or anotherhe writes. This only confuses readers regarding the veracity of the cover and message. »

Facebook ultimately survived the campaign that Young and several others waged during the Trump years, but X is in a much weaker position. Musk paid $44 billion for the site in 2022, and it is now valued at just $19 billion. Many advertisers (including Disney, Paramount, NBCUniversal, Comcast, Lionsgate and Warner Bros. Discovery) have pulled their ads in recent days after Mr. Musk agreed with an X user who claimed that Jews were pushing for a ” dialectical hatred against white people “.


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