Apple, Tidal, and Spotify Refusing to Ban a White Supremacist

Should Apple, Tidal, and Spotify Ban Tila Tequila?
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Should Apple, Tidal, and Spotify Ban Tila Tequila?
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Tila Tequila is outright banned on Twitter and Instagram.  Yet on Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify, her albums are still readily available.  And, generating plenty of revenue.

Streaming music services like Spotify have been heavily criticized for refusing to remove hate bands from their platforms.  Now, those issues are gaining greater significance and urgency.

Enter Tila Tequila, a one-time promising ‘MySpace artist’ who recently became an outright white supremacist.  Last month, we started chronicling those issues.  Starting November 9th, Tequila took a photo in a Pro-Trump NPI white supremacist conference. Alongside friends, she performed a “Sieg Heil” or “Heil Hitler” salute.

Tequila isn’t white; she’s Vietnamese-American. Now, she’s a current hit on NSFW site RedTube (go figure).

Shortly after Trump’s victory, she tweeted several white supremacy, pro-Hitler, and Neo-Nazi tweets. Twitter swiftly suspended (read: banned) her account for her overtly hateful speech.

Yet, in the music streaming arena, her albums are surging.  Over on Spotify, her top single, I Love U – Dirty Version, currently enjoys 956,027 streams. Her albums are also readily available on Apple Music, and in high-quality, for your neo-Nazi needs in Tidal.

Tila Tequila’s neo-Nazi antics could be a cynical attempt to stay in the spotlight.  Or, maybe she’s just lost it.  Either way, this is the hatred being spewed from Tequila’s now-shuttered account:

“And happy birthday to my past life historical figure, most epic legend of all time, Mein Furhor, Adolf Hitila! The MOST HIGH! … Happy Birthday, mein Furhor! The most high! #420 #Soulmates #PastLife #Reunited #HailHitila … We all knew this day was coming! The 2nd coming of Christ in the end times prophecy has been fulfilled! #HeilHitila

“Yes he was a good guy. He tried to save his people but the reptilians won and ruined his legacy and made him bad. On this great day of 420 I will HONOR our TRUE KING! They tried to destroy your legacy, but I will fight for you! (sic)”

So my question to you, dear reader is this: should Apple Music, Tidal, or Spotify stream artists if they openly hold racist and hateful views?

Jeremy Waldron, a New Zealand professor, tackled the topic in his book, The Harm in Hate Speech.  While Tila’s actions and words may fall under the First Amendment, it’s difficult to ignore Waldron’s arguments.

“Hate speech undermines this public good . . . . It does this not only by intimating discrimination and violence, but by reawakening living nightmares of what this society was like . . . .  [I]t creates something like an environmental threat to social peace, a sort of slow-acting poison, accumulating here and there, word by word, so that eventually it becomes harder and less natural for even the good-hearted members of the society to play their part in maintaining this public good.”

Laws protecting freedom of speech laws allow for diversity in opinion. He writes, however, that they should require all people to “refrain from acting in a way that is calculated to undermine the dignity of other people.” Hate speech, Waldron summarizes, leads to violence.

So far, Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify have yet to take a notable stance on this issue.

21 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Don’t you think we’ve got enough censorship already?

    Tequila and her buddies are beyond ridiculous, but Twitter’s Nazi-style approach is not the answer. It didn’t work for Hitler, and it won’t work for us.

    Hate speech comes with the territory. Ignore it, and you’ll be fine.

  2. Vail, CO

    The question is where do you draw the line. Spotify isn’t a public forum it’s a private company. They can decide they don’t want to support hate.

  3. tidy

    Hate speech does not and has not ever existed, rather there is either free speech or no speech–day or night, half-light is only one or the other.

    Consider speech with overt negative implication and that which dissembles. Most dangerous thought has always slipped right under the radar, undetected.

    • Rick Shaw

      Try yelling fire in a move theater. Sheesh. The uninformed love to yell from the rooftops.

      • Anonymous

        Yelling fire is hate speech?

        Like tidy says, hate speech is not a thing.

        And I’m not trying to defend Tequila, I think her views are absolutely disgusting.

  4. PiratesWinLOL

    the most dangerous and anti-democratic is the control-left and their constant attempts to end free speech. spotify, tidal & apple music should simply stay out of the censorship and political business and let the judgement and hopefully good taste of their customers decide who gets any attention. also, go to intead of the fascist cage called twitter.

  5. Anonymous2

    how can she be labelled as a White Supremacist? she’s Asian not white

    • Paul Resnikoff

      That makes it strange. But, there she is — a Vietnamese-American — advocating for white supremacy. Dig a little deeper, and you can find explanations in deep self-hatred, or desperate attempts to gain attention. There’s actually a well-known phenomenon, the ‘self-hating Jew,’ which is a perverse reaction to persistent hate and discrimination. Actually, there was a Jewish guy who was doing the Hitler salute next to Tila Tequila at the recent Washington white supremacist gathering.

      • PiratesWinLOL

        there is also a well-known phenomenon called trolling or just joking around.

        occam’s razor…

  6. Rick Grimes

    I guess she doesn’t realize that in a Man In The High Castle kind of world she would be looked upon with as much favor as jews, blacks or any non Aryan people. Maybe in her next attempt to make herself relevant she will announce she’s a zombie.

    • lucille

      yeah, yeah, we know you are a p.c. oil driller rick.

      now get off the internet and get to work. i will be there to pick up some more good shit next sunday.

  7. Anon3

    I’m not sure who is dumber, Tila Tequila or the author of this article who is actually promoting her. There is no reason pay attention to the opinions of some addle-brained, nobody who is whoring themselves out for attention and money. That can be said for Tila Tequila as well.

    • Anonymous

      “I’m not sure who is dumber, Tila Tequila or the author of this article who is actually promoting her”

      Spot on!

      And why should some f***ing nazi be allowed to limit our free speech even more than it is already?

  8. Jehovah

    Should music gossip sites like DMN be drawing attention to attention seeking low-lifes like this, or should the King of the Internet ban them?

    • Proud amalekite

      who is talking? i read you book and that was some nasty shit. what did she ever actually do? don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house…

  9. Peter Bogdanoff

    It’s a simple issue: these platforms are distinguishing the person from the expression. If she is about white/yellow/Nazi/whatever supremacy, that’s about her; the song is just a song, and very indirect expression at that. If they jettisoned every track that was from a controversial artist, what would they have left? Just the songs about love (your other article)? And quoting a New Zealander? My “hate speech” is your “love speech” and that’s OK in this country. It’s not like that in other countries. I don’t remember “the public good” being in the US Constitution. However it seems to be a theme of more autocratic governments.

  10. Rick Shaw

    Like buying a ticket to a live event or on an airplane, you agree to their rules. Like it or not, your rights are gone. The same applies to users of services like Spotify and Tidal. They decide what stays and what goes; what is OK and what crosses the line (their line). Don’t like it? Don’t use their service.

  11. PiratesWinLOL

    “Laws protecting freedom of speech laws allow for diversity in opinion. He writes, however, that they should require all people to “refrain from acting in a way that is calculated to undermine the dignity of other people.” Hate speech, Waldron summarizes, leads to violence.”

    okay. then we will have to ban quite a few religious books.

    or perhaps he should take his “however” and place where the sun don’t shine. after all, censorship and oppression leads to violence. much more than democracy and freedom and speech.

  12. Kiko

    If you can legally own and sell a book like the Quran promoting pedophilia and terrorism why would anybody make so much fuss about some stupid songs.

    • Steve

      If you’re gonna call out the Koran, I’m just gonna hafta point out the book of Joshua, for fairness’ sake.