American R&B singer R. Kelly's music was removed from playlists and recommendations on Spotify, the streaming service said on Thursday, after a campaign to boycott the singer who has been accused of sexual misconduct.
As we previously reported, a few weeks ago the Women of Color of Time's Up-consisting of women such as Shonda Rimes and Ava DuVernay-joined the #MuteRKelly campaign and issued an open letter calling on numerous companies including RCA Records, Ticketmaster, Spotify, and Apple Music to cut ties with the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer in light of the mounting sexual assault and misconduct accusations made against him. Coscarelli also shared a response XXXTentacion's team shared with him.
"[These] two men are not the only abusers on your platform".
"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", the letter continued.
The letter then identifies eight alleged abusers in particular, though notes it is by no means a comprehensive list.
In an open letter, Thomas, UltraViolet's executive director calls out Chris Brown, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nelly, Eminem, and Ted Nugent, citing them as artistes "who continue to profit from your promotion".
Spotify's decision to start it's "hateful conduct" removals with R Kelly is interesting because, while there have been numerous allegations against him - and those allegations are newsworthy at the moment - he hasn't actually been convicted of any crimes.
Spotify's ban against hate content has been widely discussed.
The 51-year-old, who recently responded to Spotify for pulling his music from playlists and has been accused of running a "sex cult", stopped to talk to his fans in the middle of her set.