The former One Direction star is the subject of a track called ‘Zayn Did 9/11’, which was recorded by parody artists Una Kompton in 2017.
After realising that it was being hosted on the streaming platform, fans campaigned for its removal using the hashtag #RemoveItForZayn.
The song aims a series of offensive digs at the singer, who is a non-practicing Muslim, and also makes light of the attacks on September 11, 2001 when 3,000 people were killed in New York and at The Pentagon.
By Sunday evening (July 19), fans realised that the track had been pulled from the platform because it no longer appeared on Kompton’s artist page. However, the track is still available on Apple Music and YouTube.
— vic ♡ mandy, colleen & fi!//ia (@lwtwaIIs) July 19, 2020
remove this shit. zayn was only EIGHT when 9/11 happened, how was an EIGHT YEAR OLD supposed to be behind 9/11? this is extremely racist and disrespectful towards arabs and muslims, as well as triggering. and very rude towards zayn as well. #removeitforzayn @Spotify @AppleMusic pic.twitter.com/Bxjk1Rvub6
— haruka (@harrrukkaa) July 19, 2020
One Twitter user wrote: “Calling Zayn a terrorist is not fucking okay. The song is so fucking insensitive not just to Zayn but also the people involved to the 9/11 tragedy. Stop your fucking racist ass and go burn in hell.”
Commenting on the removal, a Spotify spokesperson told NME: “Spotify does not permit content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
“As we’ve done before, we will remove content that violates that standard. We’re not talking about offensive, explicit, or vulgar content – we’re talking about hate speech.”
Meanwhile, Zayn’s old One Direction bandmates announced plans to celebrate their tenth anniversary last week.
A new 1D anniversary website with a timeline of the band’s career will launch later this month together with a 10-year celebration video charting the band’s rise to fame.
Both will arrive on July 23, which is the date the band were formed in 2010 on ITV talent show The X Factor.