Kanye West is booked to headline the Saturday night at England’s prestigious Glastonbury Festival this summer (it runs from June 24 through June 28) which has prompted close to 81, 500 presumed rock-enthusiasts to sign a petition asking organisers to cancel ‘Ye’s performance. “Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world,” wrote petition-starter Neil Lonsdale, apparently speaking for music fans all over the world (or, at the very least, the U.K.). “This egotistical, maniacal, disgrace was a clear oversight,” he continued. “There is still time to correct this.”
The petition, which he started earlier this week as a joke, has quickly grown to almost 81,500 signatures. In a recent interview with NME, Lonsdale compared Kanye (unfavourably) 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.
The Norfolk resident added that West “totally disrespected Beck” at the Grammy’s and went on to tell NME that Yeezy isn’t a big enough of an act to headline Glasto. “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.”
Sign the petition here, if you please.