CBS- Kanye West was announced earlier this week as one of the headliners at this summer's Glastonbury music festival, but some music fans aren't happy about it.
One festival-goer started a petition calling on organizers to "prevent this musical injustice" by canceling the rapper's performance.
"Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world," Neil Lonsdale wrote in the Change.org petition. "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!"
In an interview with NME.com, Lonsdale -- an education worker and self-described "rock kid" from Norfolk, England -- called it an "outrage" that West got the headliner slot over a rock band: "Two years ago we had The Rolling Stones playing the Saturday night, and this year we get Kanye West?"
And somewhere in a deep dark room, a smile crept across the face of Kanye West. Kanye should just walk around with a Slim Shady-esque public service announcement as his entry music into any room, "Kanye West does not give a FUCK what you think". In a lot of ways he reminds me of Kobe Bryant's 'Black Mamba' persona. Doesn't care who dislikes him. He is going to say whatever he wants. He is going to do whatever he wants. And he knows he will be successful. Would someone that cared about public perception marry and impregnate a woman that got famous from ingesting Ray J's elephant trunk? Would a person with any fucks to give walk on stage TWICE and interrupt an award presentation? Would a person that had other's interests in mind stop his concert to go on a 30 minute rant about the fashion industry? That's what people don't understand. No publicity is bad publicity. Kanye's fans aren't the only reason he is a household name. As Joe Budden would say,"got a couple haters, still trying to acquire more". Every time you tweet the name 'Kanye' you build his brand. For every 90,000 that hate him there are 100,000 that still buy his albums.
Am I saying I like Kanye West as a person? Hell no. I'm closer to despising him as a person. That goes for most wealthy people. The lifestyles of the rich and famous lend themselves to a disconnection from reality. I hate to break it to you, but most people that have an endless stream of money are dicks. That actor you like? He's ACTING. Do you really care about the world views of your favorite athlete as long as he performs when it matters most? Granted, Kanye does a terrible job of straddling that line. He practically springboards over it with middle fingers in the air. He's a raving lunatic. However, I am genuinely concerned for the future of our children if there are 90,000 people out there that take what Kanye says at face value. In my estimation, if you take a person that performs in a diamond encrusted mask seriously you are even crazier than he is.
"My beef is not with the genre. My beef is with the stage and the fact it's a headline slot," he said, adding that West does not "represent anything. His songs are lyrically appalling," he "totally disrespected Beck" at the Grammy Awards in February and "his [BRIT Awards] performance was just threatening."
The above quote is the problem with the Kanye haters. Simply can't separate the art from the person. This character followed up "his songs are lyrically appalling" with "he totally disrespected Beck". Music festival manages to pull Kanye West as a headliner and all these wankers can talk about is Beck's hurt butt. How about you get your thoughts in order before you start talking to the media bud? What does disrespecting Beck have to do with his music? His music is appalling? Do we need to go through the list of people that Kanye has worked with musically? John Mayer, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Daft Punk, John Legend. Literally anyone and everyone that is relevant in hip hop. Ya know, just to name a few. Pretty impressive for someone that "doesn't represent anything". I can assure you that they didn't choose to collaborate with him because of his personality. The guy is a musical genius. You don't have to like his music, but you can damn sure respect it.
"Glastonbury needs upbeat major artists. Glastonbury is an institution. It is expected that it has the biggest names," Lonsdale argued. "The biggest performers. Kanye does not represent that."
Is this guy talking about the same Kanye West? Does it count as a lie if it is to yourself?