Spotify’s CEO said the company won’t remove Kanye West’s music from its platform despite mounting pressure to do so from a growing number of corporate leaders and news media outlets and growing outrage resulting from West’s recent antisemitic comments.
In an interview with Reuters, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said Kanye West’s recent antisemitic comments were “just awful.” But since those comments weren’t made in any of West’s music or other content that exists on Spotify’s service, there are no grounds to remove him.
“It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,” said Ek, adding, “It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.”
Adidas ended its partnership with the musician with “immediate effect.” Adidas put the “partnership under review” in early October after he wore a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt in public. T
Recently, West said “I can say antisemitic s*** and Adidas cannot drop me,” during a tirade against Jews on the Drink Champs Podcast. He also threatened on Twitter to “Go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”
However, Adidas not only dropped him, they also claim that they own the rights to all of his Yeezy designs, and that West will no longer get paid from the designs.
Other companies that have pulled his products from their stores in recent days include Gap, Foot Locker and TJ Maxx.
After the Adidas announcement, West was reported to have been escorted out of a Los Angeles Skechers office building. Skechers confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that two of its executives escorted West from the building.
The company said West, “arrived unannounced and without invitation.” They stated he was engaged in “unauthorized filming” and he was escorted out “after a brief conversation.”
“Skechers is not considering and has no intention of working with West,” the company said in its Wednesday statement. “We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not tolerate antisemitism or any other form of hate speech.”