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Spotify urged to stop promoting more artists accused of sexual misconduct


“We wrongly perpetuate silence by showing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that there will be no consequences for abuse”.

A women’s advocacy group is calling on Spotify to extend its policy of ending the promotion of artists accused of serious offences.

Last week, the streaming service announced that it was removing the music of R.Kelly and XXXTentacion from its promotional playlists, after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and domestic abuse were levelled at both stars.

Now, women’s advocacy group UltraViolet is calling on the streaming giant to go even further and remove more artists accused of similar offences.

In an open letter, UltraViolet’s executive director Shaunna Thomas called out artists including Chris Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Eminem, Don Henley of The Eagles, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Ted Nugent, describing them as artists “who continue to profit from your promotion.”

“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,” she wrote.

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

 

Although Spotify is yet to respond to the open letter from the group, they faced backlash from 50 Cent last week after the decision was taken against Kelly.

“Spotify is wrong for what there doing to artists like R. Kelly and XXXTentacion,’ the 42-year-old rapper wrote on Twitter.



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