Peloton has told members it will no longer use Kanye West’s music in new classes


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Peloton has “indefinitely paused” streaming Kanye West’s music from its streaming workout classes.

Pelo Buddy, a fan site not officially affiliated with Peloton, reports that the company tells concerned members that its instructors do not use West’s music in “newly produced classes” and that it does not recommend pre-produced training classes on its hardware. or an app that uses its music. Peloton said it takes this matter “very seriously” and has made this decision “immediately after his comments”.

A Peloton spokesperson confirmed that this message is being sent to members who contact them about West’s music.

Star teacher Alex Toussaint publicly commented on the issue in a class earlier this week, although 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 going to talk too much about it because you know I’m with you, you’re not going to hear that artist in my class at all… I don’t tolerate any kind of hate speech, baby,” Toussaint said during the tour, which was posted on YouTube.

About 1,800 classes have used his music in the past, according to a search of Peloton’s website. Those classes will not be deleted from the platform, but they will not be recommended to users in its algorithm.

Other platforms haven’t pulled from West’s music. Spotify ( SPOT ) said it won’t remove Ye’s music unless his record label requests it, the company said Tuesday. Apple Music did not immediately respond to CNN Business’ request for comment on Ye’s music.

Adidas is the latest company to cut ties with the musician, including Gap, Foot Locker and TJ Maxx. On Wednesday, he arrived “unannounced and uninvited” at Skechers’ California offices and had to be escorted out of the building for “unauthorized filming.”

West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, has recently made anti-Semitic comments.