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

By Jordan Walinski | CNN Business

Peloton has “indefinitely paused” the playback of Kanye West’s music from its streaming training classes.

Pelo Buddy, a fan website with no official ties to Peloton, reports that the company is telling concerned members that its instructors no longer use West’s music in “newly produced classes” and does not recommend previously created training classes on its hardware or app , which his music uses. Peloton said it takes this issue “very seriously” and that it made this decision “immediately following his comments.”

A spokesperson for Peloton confirmed that it sends this message to members who contact them about West’s music.

Star instructor Alex Toussaint publicly commented on the issue in class earlier this week, though he did not refer to West directly.

“Because I love everyone, I want to make sure everyone feels safe in my environment and my classes. I’m not even going to talk too much about it because you know I’m with you, you’re not going to hear this artist in my class at all … I don’t support hate speech at all, honey,” Toussaint said during his whirlwind rant, which was posted on YouTube.

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

Other platforms have not downloaded 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’s 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 California and had to be escorted out of the building due to “unauthorized filming.”

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

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