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17 March 2015, 11:04
Hello? Nobel Prize committee?
Glastonbury festival organisers announced last night that Kanye West would be the headlining the Pyramid stage. The reception to this news has been mixed, obviously, but some fans have figured out a way to challenge the choice.
We're very excited to announce that @kanyewest will headline the Saturday night at Glastonbury 2015.— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) March 16, 2015
What would you do if you had a spare £200, a need to be seen wearing Hunter boots, and a righteous indignation that allowed you to rationalise what was "real music" and what wasn't? You'd sign a petition to stop Kanye West from headlining Glastonbury, of course.
An angry person named Neil Lonsdale has launched a Change.org petition to stop Kanye West from performing at the June festival because if you don't like something that means that no one likes it.
Even though you can't beat a well reasoned argument such as this, the issue of whether or not Kanye should headline Glastonbury isn't democratic. I wonder if the petitioner realises that over 1 million people signed up to buy Glastonbury tickets. If the 7,500 people he asked to sign his petition all forfeit their tickets, 7,500 people will buy tickets in their place within the hour.
Remember when people used change.org petitions to take on issues like climate change and the housing crisis? Thankfully people have started using Change.org petitions to tackle the real issues of the day: whether or not Kanye West should perform on one stage at one festival.
This isn't the first time people have challenged a hip hop artist headlining the festival. In 2008 Noel Gallagher responded to Jay-Z headlining the festival by saying hip hop at Glasto was "wrong". Also a well reasoned argument.
Also, did you know that Glastonbury has over 80 venues on the grounds? That means that if you don't want to watch Kanye West perform you could probably go literally anywhere else.