This year, Kanye West is slated to headline England’s famous Glastonbury Festival, prompting a pretty massive reaction from English fans – just not the reaction he was hoping for.
Nearly 60,000 fans of the festival have signed a petition asking the organizers to cancel West’s performance.
“Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world,” wrote the petition’s creator Neil Lonsdale. “This egotistical, maniacal, disgrace was a clear oversight. There is still time to correct this.”
The petition, which he started earlier this week as a joke, has inspired ire from fans of a very specific genre of music. In a recent interview with NME, Lonsdale compared Kanye (unfavorably) to the Rolling Stones, who headlined Glastonbury’s Saturday proceedings in 2013; he also claimed that his distaste for West has nothing to do with race or a general bias against hip-hop. According to Lonsdale — who will be attending the festival for the first time (!) this year — Kanye West, the man behind songs like “Who Will Survive in America” and “New Slaves,” doesn’t “represent anything.”
Lonsdale went on to point out how West “totally disrespected Beck” at the Grammys, adding that the rapper isn’t big enough to headline the festival.
“Glastonbury needs upbeat major artists,” he said. “Glastonbury is an institution. It is expected that it has the biggest names. The biggest performers. Kanye does not represent that.”
Anyway, the petition will likely change nothing. But stuff like this is always a nice emotional boost for the Kanye haters out there, myself included.
Oh, and you can sign the petition here.