To some he is an innovative best-selling rapper. To others he is the intolerable enfant-terrible of the music world.
It is thought even more still have no idea who he is. But the booking of Kanye West to headline at the Glastonbury music festival has ruffled enough feathers to justify a petition demanding his invitation be revoked. Nearly 90,000 music fans have signed so far, asking that he be replaced with a rock band instead.
Expressing the sentiment of the petition, the document reads: “To Glastonbury festival. Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. 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!
“Lets prevent this musical injustice now!”
Speaking to New Musical Express, the petition founder Neil Lonsdale spoke of his reaction when he learnt that West would be headlining: “I fought the temptation to scream and instead opted to hurl my iPhone across the room… Two years ago we had The Rolling Stones playing the Saturday night, and this year we get Kanye West? It’s an outrage!”
Despite his possessiveness over the festival and its lineup, Lonsdale admitted he’d never even been to Glastonbury, although he has a ticket for this year.
West has courted controversy in recent years owing to his unusual antics and outspoken comments. In 2013 he revealed an anti-Semitic streak to his nature when pontificating on the nature of American politcs, remarking: “Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money.
“People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people…We ain’t Jewish. We don’t got family that got money like that”.