Peloton has “indefinitely paused” playing Kanye West’s music from his training sessions.
Pelo Buddy, a fan website not officially affiliated with Peloton, reports that the company is telling concerned members that its instructors are no longer using West’s music in “newly produced classes” and is not recommending exercise classes. previously produced in its hardware. or app that uses its music. Peloton said it takes the matter “very seriously” and that it made this decision “shortly after his remarks”.
A Peloton spokesperson confirmed that it is sending that message to members who contact them about West’s music.
Star instructor Alex Toussaint publicly commented on the issue in a class earlier this week, though he did not directly refer to West.
“Because I love everyone, I want to make sure everyone feels safe in my environment and in my classes. I’m not even going to talk much about it because you know I stand with you, you’re not going to hear that artist in my class at all … I don’t support any hate speech, honey,” Toussaint said during the ride of him with a spin, which was posted on YouTube.
About 1,800 classes have used his music in the past, according to a search on Peloton’s website. These classes will not be deleted from the platform, however they will not be recommended to users in its algorithm.
Other platforms have not pulled West’s music. Spotify said it will not remove Ye’s music unless his label requests it be removed, the company said Tuesday. Apple Music did not immediately respond to CNN Business’ request for comment about Ye’s music.
It is the latest company to cut ties with the musician, including Adidas, Gap, Foot Locker and TJ Maxx. On Wednesday, he “arrived unannounced and uninvited” at the Skechers offices in Manhattan Beach and had to be escorted out of the building due to “unauthorized filming.”
West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, has recently made anti-Semitic comments.