People Don’t Want Kanye West To Close The Pan Am Games Because He’s Not Canadian
In what is likely the first news item you've heard about the Pan Am Games in Toronto, drama is afoot as over 50,000 people have signed a petition to remove Kanye West as the headliner for the games' closing ceremony. Not because he's a douche. Not because they like Beck. But because he's not Canadian.
You've been watching the Pan Am Games, haven't you? Ya know, the event that's basically the Summer Olympics, but with only countries from the Americas participating (i.e. -- the United States, Canada, Argentina)? Yeah, probably not. Let's just wait until next year for the actual Olympics, right? Anyway, people have been competing up there in Toronto since July 7, and will do so until the closing ceremony on July 26. And if these angry Canadians (and apparently "angry Canadians" is not an oxymoron -- they get feisty!) get their way, Kanye won't be there.
From the petition:
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.
Also slated to perform: Pitbull and Toronto's own Serena Ryder. Where's the "No Pitbull" petition, guys?
Also, please note that Justin Bieber's name did not appear on the list of suggested Canadian artists. RUDE.
The people of Toronto do seem to be passionate about these games -- over 1 million tickets have reportedly been sold, with over 300,000 sold since the opening ceremony.
More as this develops...
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