Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Due to multiple accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct against R. Kelly and XXXtentacion, streaming service, Spotify has chosen to stop promotions of the artists' music on their platform. The artists' music will still be available on the streaming service through searches, however, it will not appear on any company ran playlists like "Discover Weekly" or "Silk Sheets". Spotify listeners, however, can still add the artists.
There is a ongoing argument that artists and their should not be defined for their personal lives as the two are separate entities. Furthermore, R.Kelley is not currently facing any charges and it also begs the question on how many other artists will no longer be promoted for misconduct? Spotify announced its new policy on "Hate Content and Hateful conduct." The company also published a notice on that policy, summarizing details of the policy:
"While we don’t believe in censoring content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, we want our editorial decisions - what we choose to program - to reflect our values. 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."
(R.Kelly speaks out against streaming services' decision during his Concert)
Pandora and Apple Music have reportedly to follow suit with Spotify by no longer promoting R. Kelly as well. There was no word from Spotify on whether or not this was in effort to participate in the #MuteRKelly or #MeToo movement, but according to the NYTimes, the founder of the #MuteRKelly campaign, Oronike Odeleye, said she was "awkstruck" on Spotify's decision: "Hopefully it's a domino effect with the other streaming services." According to Spotify, "Hateful Content and Hateful Conduct" policy will continue to revise the policy as time goes on.