Kanye’s Mic Cuts Out During Pan Am Games Closing Performance; Kanye Storms Off Stage
The Pan Am Games in Toronto finished up yesterday, and Kanye West was there to close out the competition as the headliner for the closing ceremonies. In the midst of delivering a long set chocked with hits, Kanye's mic apparently cut out. He waited about a minute before throwing his mic in the air and storming off the stage.
Was there foul play afoot here? Tens of thousands of people had signed a petition asking the Games to replace Kanye West as the closing act, because he's not a Canadian. Might one of those disgruntled Canadians have taken this cause into his or her own hands and messed with Kanye's electronics?
If so, that would be a shame: A lot of people worked hard to put this show on, according to the CBC:
Nearly 40,000 spectators packed Toronto's Rogers Centre to raise a toast to Canada's athletes — and their record-setting 217-medal haul — at the Pan Am Games closing ceremony, and West's surprisingly long performance would have put an exclamation point on the evening, already marked by a flamboyant fireworks display lighting up the CN Tower like a rainbow-leafed palm tree, if not for the sound gaffe.
Although the closing ceremony was otherwise perhaps less knowingly grand than the opening, it was still an expansive production best-explained by some of its staggering statistics: 510 volunteers in the cast, 500-plus costumes from 3,000-plus yards of fabric and roughly 3,235 athletes, who flooded the venue's floor as one fully integrated contingent.
The stage was multiple stages really, connected by a network of runways, and it was shadowed by columns as high as 20 metres intended to depict Toronto's ever-rising skyline.
We may never know what happened to Kanye's mic. But we do know how the aftermath looked:
Here's a closeup of Kanye's breaking point:
— Gee (@Geromee) July 27, 2015
Get 'em next time, Pan Am Games -- which will resume in 2019 in Lima, Peru.
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