It looks Kanye West won’t receive a warm welcome from a few people in Toronto. Ahead of his Pan American Games performance on July 26, a petition was created to replace the “On Sight” rapper’s appearance with a Canadian artist.
Honing over 40,000 signatures since its creation this week, the organizers of this plea stated:
The Toronto Pan Am games have proven to be very important for Torontonians this year and have triggered a unified sense of pride in our city. It would only be just to ask a proud Torontonian (or even a Canadian for that matter) in the music industry to perform, such as Drake, Walk Off The Earth, Feist, Metric, Shania Twain, deadmau5, Crystal Castles, Zeds Dead, The Weeknd, Peaches, K’naan, and many many more! The options for Toronto artists are far from limited and choosing someone like Kanye West raises several concerns among the people. Why was a local artist or group not chosen and supported, just as our local athletes are throughout the games?
Toronto Pan Am Games organizing committee please reconsider your decision as we will NOT be attending Kanye West’s show.
Yeezy is also listed on the same concert bill as Pitbull and Serena Ryder for the closing ceremony. But this isn’t Mr. West’s first taste of a handful of people attempting to prevent his imminent performance. A previous petition was made public asking to take the Chi-town native off the list of artists making an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival held earlier this year. In the online disagreement, the creators stated, “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.”
West, 38, responded saying the petition is “an insult to music fans all over the world.”