Petition to remove Kanye West from Coachella line-up reaches 30,000 signatures
Just days after the rapper was pulled from this year’s GRAMMY Awards performances
A petition calling for Kanye West’s removal from this year’s headline Coachella performances has gained popularity over the weekend.
Set up by the creator behind a Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson fan page, the petition has now surpassed 35,000 signatures with an eventual goal of reaching 50,000.
“We have watched Kanye harass, manipulate, and hurt Kim, Pete, and others for over a year now,” reads the change.org petition description.
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“No one seems to want to stand up to him, and the ones that do, he puts under fire as well. Most recently, he has been threatening actual bodily harm on others. This is ridiculous that he is allowed to freely do this,” it continues.
The petition also aims at other brands who continue to work with him despite his recent public online activity which has worried fans of both the rapper and his former wife, Kim Kardashian.
Last month, Kanye released a music video for his new track ‘Eazy’ which saw an animated Ye kidnap and bury his ex-wife’s new partner before decapitating him and burying him alive.
Kanye was subsequently banned from Instagram just a week later after excessive posting and harrassment. The ban lasted 24 hours and was attributed to his violation of the platforms’ policies on "hate speech, bullying and harassment”.
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“Coachella (along with other brand names that are still working with him) should be ashamed of themselves and should not be giving him any more of a platform. Please sign & share,” reads the petition description.
If the rapper is pulled from Coachella, it would be the second major event in recent weeks to take Ye off the bill. Last week, Kanye was removed from this year’s line-up of GRAMMY performances just weeks ahead of the event.
The removal was allegedly tied to the rapper’s “concerning online behaviour”. A rep for the GRAMMY Awards told Variety that “Kanye’s team isn’t surprised by the decision”.
Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter