News May 16, 2018

Women’s group wants Spotify playlist bans extended to Chris Brown, Eminem, Nelly

Women’s group wants Spotify playlist bans extended to Chris Brown, Eminem, Nelly

Following moves by Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora to remove the music of R. Kelly from their playlists, a US women’s group wants more allegedly abusive male singers to be similarly dealt with.

Women’s rights group UltraViolet CEO Shaunna Thomas addressed a letter to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek that his company could do more and deal out the same to artists as R&B singer Chris Brown and rappers Nelly, Eminem and 6ix9ine.

Aside from R. Kelly, Spotify also pulled XXXTentacion, currently awaiting trial on domestic violence charges.

Thomas’ letter read in part: “[These] two men are not the only abusers on your platform.

“We implore you to take a deeper look at the artists you promote.

“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.”

UltraViolet was founded in 2012 to support women in issues including  healthcare, domestic violence abuse, reproductive rights, racial and gender equality and economic security.

It hopes that other services also follow suit.

None of the men mentioned in the letter have responded.

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