Over 60,000 people have signed a petition asking organizers to cancel the "All Day" rapper's performance, after petitioner Neil Lonsdale started it a few days ago. "Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world," he wrote on it. 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!," he continued. "Lets prevent this musical injustice!" In addition to the thousands of signatures on the petition, people also chimed in on the comments, with one petitioner writing, "Kanye sucks. I want to see real artistry. Someone like Beck."
Meanwhile, another wrote, "im signing because I think Kanye West head lining Glasto is outrageous. The man has no morals and has no talent." According to Spin, Neil started the petition as a joke in response to the announcement of Kanye as a headliner, telling NME in a recent interview, "I was a little surprised that people have taken it as seriously as they have. Don't get me wrong, if it works, then I'll be more than happy. I'm not surprised it's popular though."
Still, he went on to slam the rapper, adding that Yeezy isn't a big enough name to headline the fest. "Glastonbury needs upbeat major artists," he continued. "Glastonbury is an institution. It is expected that it has the biggest names. The biggest performers. Kanye does not represent that." Neil also admitted that he has never has actually been to the festival, although he will be attending this year for the first time.
This is just the latest time festival-goers protested having a hip-hop headliner at the fest. Back in 2008 when Jay Z headlined Glastonbury, there was also an uproar, with outspoken Oasis frontman Neil Gallagher also chiming in, saying, "I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong." Still, Jay Z went on to kill it at the fest and mocked Neil while he was at it. We'll have to see if the Kanye-banning petition has a different outcome.