Add XXXTentacion back to Spotify playlists
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Jahseh Onfroy aka XXXTentacion was recently removed from the popular streaming music service, Spotify, on May 10th, after the company added new rules which stated that any artist is prone to removal from the service if they are determined to have participated in what it considers "hateful conduct".
Their new rules state,"Hate content is content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability."
In popular opinion, specifically on social media many users on the websites have agreed that this act was indisputably bias and an incorrect action which not only lacks responsibility for an arguably respectable multi-billion dollar company, but also sets a bad example for other streaming services as well.
For those who are not as informed, XXXTentacion is a Florida based musician who has a long history of being a controversial character which is a main reason why he was likely targeted by the company. Of all the controversies surrounding his name the most notorious are the charges against his name, specifically his domestic abuse charges.
Although many may see these charges as easily condemnable, there is much proof against the case for his incarceration. Namely, the female who accused X originally has been caught having many inconsistencies in her arguments. For example, the court case and charges claim that the alleged victim, Geneva Ayala, was pregnant at the time of the assault, however these official documents say otherwise: https://i.imgur.com/Ma6CNe5.jpg
Furthermore, following the alleged assault she asked for financial assistance for "orbital surgery" claiming that she needed a total of $20,000 for the surgery. However, in these documents obtained from her own Instagram video, it is shown that this surgery was actually not necessary: https://bit.ly/2s1T8GA
Although there is much more proof to argue the lack of validity in this case, there is much less to prove otherwise. There has been no proof that X was abusive to her, these have only been claims made by the alleged victim. The court has even let X off of house arrest continue his career seeing that this case is trivial and has taken over a year to finish. It is likely that X will be completely cleared of the charges and the case will be finished within months. Yet Spotify still finds this case to be a violation of their policies.
Intriguingly enough, even though there has been absolutely no proof of X's alleged assault on the victim, there have been large controversies of domestic battery with the following rappers alone: Chris Brown, Famous Dex, and NBAYoung Boy. All three were actually arrested for the alleged assualts and there is proof for all three happening. Some may think that this would instantly lead to their music facing the same fate if not worse. However, this implication is incorrect. None of them have been punished and the rapper, Famous Dex, who has video of him assaulting his girlfriend has been recently actively promoted by the site: https://i.imgur.com/jC2M3Vo.jpg
This is hypocrisy at it's finest and should not be tolerated at such a notable company such as Spotify. We as a community ask that XXXTentacion be added back to playlists and that if Spotify truly believes it's policies should be taken seriously, then they must immediately ban all of these artists as well to keep consistency (credit to XXXTentacion for the list): https://bit.ly/2rYeXax
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