When Jon Stewart talks, people generally listen. Especially sensible people with a modicum of common sense.
Stewart is funny, witty, and biting, but incredibly wise, sensible, and measured with his comments.
He’s also fearless, and he made it clear where he stands in the recent spat between 76-year old folk singer Neil Young, who took his music off Spotify because it hosts the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. The No. 1 podcast in the world.
After years out of the public eye, Stewart is back with a show called “The Problem with Jon Stewart” on Apple+.
Stewart shared his comments about Young and his band of elderly musicians (Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Stephen Still, and others) who told Spotify to take their music down because of something Rogan said on his podcast.
“First of all, I love Neil Young and I love Neil Young’s music but the idea that it was worth $4 billion in value to Spotify caught me off guard. When he pulled his music off of Spotify and Spotify went that I was like, hm, that didn’t seem right.”
Stewart is practicing an art that has almost disappeared; acceptance, tolerance, and the ability to approach a subject rationally. Simply put, he doesn’t believe Joe Rogan is an ideologue.
“We all exist in this world and on this planet. There’s no question that there is egregious misinformation that’s purposeful and hateful…and that being moderated is a credit to the platforms that run them. But this overreaction to Rogan, I think, is a mistake.”
Stewart had some advice for Young and his crooning cronies; grow up. More specifically, “Don’t leave, don’t abandon, don’t censor, engage.”