Kanye West has done it again, without actually doing anything this time. It seems that the infamous award snatcher has landed him into another controversial situation by simply being himself.
The Glastonbury Music Festival is a five-day music fest held every year in Pilton, Somerset, England and features artists mainly from rock genres. This year, many festivalgoers were enraged to hear that West would be one of the headlining performers.
Social media comments were made, people got angry, insults were thrown, and before you could say “Yeezy” five times in a row, a petition was born.
Neil Lonsdale of Kings Lynn, United Kingdom started a petition shortly after the announcement that West would be a headliner. The petition is being held on change.org, an online website offering services for anyone to create a petition for their cause. After only being up for one day, the petition reached over 75,000 signatures and now has 130,303 signatures, trailing close behind the goal of 150,000.
“Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world,” Lonsdale said on the website. “We spend hundreds of pounds to attend Glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment.”
Supporters of the petition have made comments about replacing Kanye with Beck and said how pathetic West’s music is to them.
I think it’s just a good ole case of Kanye karma coming back to whack him over the head for his award snatching and sour attitude for artists in the music industry, other than himself and Beyonce. A part of me feels like he loves the hate. I wonder if Kanye ever thinks about what it would be like to be loved and respected by fans? Probably not – Kanye loves Kanye.
Glastonbury Festival organizer Emily Eavis responded to the petition by saying it represented a “dark underbelly of the web” and that she couldn’t imagine how Kanye felt. Seriously? A man who has publicly shamed two Grammy award-winning artists on national television suddenly has feelings because people don’t want to be surrounded with his negative presence? Okay, Emily, glad to see the Kanye Sympathizers Club has at least one member.
Let’s look at some of Kanye’s lyrics from his 2012 single, “No Church in the Wild”:
“Coke on her black skin made a stripe like a zebra, I call that jungle fever.” Yeah. So if there was still any doubt as to why these people don’t want to listen to West at the festival, I hope that helped clear it up.
Luckily for Kanye, festivalgoer Samuel Cole has started a petition to cancel all performances but Kanye’s. The petition has reached an astounding 1,151 supporters compared to the opposing petition of 130,303 supporters.
As for the original petition starter, Neil Lonsdale, all I have to say is, “You go Glen Coco, you go!”