Proving again that Brits don’t suffer fools gladly, a petition has been started demanding that Glastonbury Festival cancel Kanye West’s headlining performance that was only announced three days ago.
The petition, which is halfway to its goal of 150,000 signatures, is brutal from the start. “Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world,” it begins. “We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment.” Ouch.
Ok, that was the founder of the petition speaking, but other signees aren’t pulling their punches either. Said Eleanor Head, “I work at Glastonbury Festival and would be utterly ashamed to be associated with such a misogynistic, selfish, racist and arrogant being as Kanye West. Glastonbury Festival is about classic bands, not these sorts of hip-hop artists.”
Meanwhile, “I’m signing this petition because Kanye West is a pretentious arse who thinks he is god’s gift,” wrote Louis Wilson. Not that Louise Wilson, obviously, though it does beg the question: What would the legendary Central Saint Martins MA course director have thought of West’s debut fashion collection?
It isn’t likely that this or anything else will change Kanye West’s plans, not when you consider his precious Beyoncé closed Glastonbury in 2011, as he will in June. She, too, found herself on the business end of a backlash.
But if we’re being optimists, maybe he’ll have fun with it and actually do this…