Blood on the Dance Floor’s music removed from Spotify due to hate content
Spotify has removed all of Blood on the Dance Floor's songs from its platform, the company confirmed to Huffington Post on Tuesday (4/23). The removal follows numerous allegations of rape and sexual assault made against frontman Jesus David Torres, aka Dahvie Vanity, by 21 different women and teenage girls, detailed in series of harrowing reports from Huffington Post and MetalSucks.
While Spotify declined to comment on their specific reason for removing Blood on the Dance Floor's music, it's likely that it was cited as unacceptable under their "Hate Content & Hateful Conduct" Policy. Currently defined as "content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on race, religion, gender, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability," Spotify's previous policy under this name was modified, removing the "hateful conduct" portion, after controversy when it was used to remove music from R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from editorial and algorithmic playlists.
However, Huffington Post points out that Blood on the Dance Floor's music was removed not just because of Torres' alleged conduct, but because of its content:
HuffPost reached out to Spotify earlier this month to make the company aware of the many sexual assault allegations, along with the police report. BOTDF songs on Spotify included lyrics that bragged about humiliating women, killing women and ejaculating on women, among others.
A spokesperson for Spotify confirmed to HuffPost on Tuesday that the company removed BOTDF’s music for violating its guidelines on prohibited content.
Blood on the Dance Floor's music is still streamable available on Apple Music and YouTube (where it was, however, demonetized).