Glastonbury is sending a message to Kanye West, and it’s neither tuneful nor complimentary. Instead, residents by the thousands are signing a petition to cancel his upcoming performance, reported CBS News.
The motivation to create the Change.org petition came when Glastonbury Music Festival organizers happily revealed that Kanye would be one of the headline acts. In response, festival fans want to fizzle out the plans.
Neil Lonsdale explained the rationale for putting the kibosh on what’s supposed to be a done deal in the petition.
“Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment. Kanye has been very outspoken on his views on music….he should listen to his own advice and pass his headline slot on to someone deserving!”
Signatures on the petition rapidly climbed, going from 60,000 signatures to almost 90,000 in a single day. Why the hate fest from festival fans?
It’s not a personal attack on Kanye, contends Lonsdale in an interview with NME.
But Lonsdale is pushing for more of a legend to headline the festival. And the news that festival organizers had chosen Kanye as their iconic idol infuriated him.
“I fought the temptation to scream and instead opted to hurl my iPhone across the room. Two years ago we had The Rolling Stones playing the Saturday night, and this year we get Kanye West? It’s an outrage!”
And although the petition has created its own momentum, Lonsdale now admits he didn’t think it would be taken so seriously.
“I was a little surprised that people have taken it as seriously as they have,” revealed the music fan. “Don’t get me wrong, if it works, then I’ll be more than happy.”
Lonsdale also has no objections to hip-hop. He just wants a musical artist who can create a “woo-hoo” experience.
“Festivals are about people coming together through their love of music and song, and creating something magical. Look back to Blur in 2009 – One of the band’s seminal moments – 100,000 people chanting “woo-hoo!” – That is what it’s about.”
Moreover, Lonsdale argues that Kanye lacks the ability to create intriguing lyrics or to be unique.
“[Kanye does not] represent anything. His songs are lyrically appalling.”
Ironically, Kanye recently won praise for his gentle “Only One” with musical legend Paul McCartney, famed for creating those “woo-hoo” moments himself, as the Inquisitr reported.
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