More than 46,000 petitioners have rallied to remove Kanye West as a performer for the closing ceremony of the upcoming Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. The petition is posted on Change.org along with headline “Don’t have Kanye West headline the closing ceremony for the Toronto Pan American Games.”
The petition read, “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?” it continued, “Toronto Pan Am Games organizing committee please reconsider your decision as we will NOT be attending Kanye West’s show.”
Some Kanye fans showed their support for their idol on Twitter. @LolaHensley wrote, “I love how so many people don’t seem to care about the Pan Am Games until @kanyewest is involved.” @Mahayah__ posted, “I LOVE KANYE WEST AND HIM DOING PAN AM IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO TOROTO, BESIDE TOP5 TAKING HIS SHIRT OFF AND DRAKE!” @ShivZ96 added, “Barley anyone cares about the pan am games, regardless Kanye West is the second best thing to happen to it next to lights. I love lights.”
This isn’t the first time Kanye faced petition. Earlier this year, Galstonbury petitioners also attempted to stop the performance of Kim Kardashian‘s husband.