Spotify may be the last place you’d associate with a far-right conspiracy theorist, but you’d be wrong. The music streaming service offers a year’s worth of podcasts from InfoWars host Alex Jones, even though Jones’ rants seem to violate Spotify’s end user agreement.
Jones is best known for his crazed conspiracy theories. He insists that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (actually, pretty much any national tragedy) is a “false flag” hoax perpetrated by the government. Jones came up with the idea that Hillary Clinton was running a pedophile ring out of a D.C. pizza shop, which led to a gunman firing a rifle in the restaurant to free the imaginary victims.
Anti-LGBTQ attacks are lliberally sprinkled throughout Jones’ delusional ravings. He has said that lesbians are brain-eating Satanists, believes that intelligence officials belong to a secret leather daddy club, and has said trans people are out to “end your humanity.”
Some social media outlets have had enough with Jones. YouTube banned him. Facebook recently suspended his account. In fact, Facebook, which has been dithering about political influence on its channels, has also taken steps to disrupt white supremacists using the platform to plan a rally next month.
So far, Spotify has been silent on Jones, despite the growing storm of protests about his presence on it. Jones has responded in characteristic unhinged fashion, weeping on the air as he pleaded with his followers for help.
“Everything we did as a species, all of our beauty and all of our goodness, will just fail and we’re going to go down the tubes because a bunch of inbred child molesters in Hollywood had some psychotic dream that they wanted to kill everybody,” Jones sobbed.
“There will be death in the streets, millions [will] starve to death, it’ll never be on the news — and you’ll be so stupid you’ll never even know how you shit on everything good, how you crapped all over your birthright when it was handed to you on a golden platter.”
Who knew the apocolpyse would be triggered by the removal of one-minute podcasts?
Dumping Jones from Spotify would be satisfying, but wouldn’t hit him hard in the pocketbook. Jones rakes in big bucks from pushing dietary supplements. No wonder disgraced gay provocateur Milo Yiannapoulos tried his hand at pitching milk thistle extract on Jones’ show as part of his comeback tour.
Like so many other right-wing figures, Jones is relying on the gullibility of his listeners to extend to the snake oil he’s selling.