Glastonbury Organizer Emily Eavis Defends Kanye West’s Headlining Performance
Glastonbury Festival organizer Emily Eavis is clapping back at the people who are petitioning the headlining performance of Kanye West during the annual event. In a open letter posted on The Guardian, Eavis expressed her disappointment at the people who are hating on her decision to bill West, calling the hate uncalled for. "Scrutiny of our headliners has become something of a national pastime," Eavis wrote, noting, however, that this year was uncharacteristically visceral. "In normal circumstances, we wouldn’t add to the story by commenting. But given the enormous amount of media coverage from all corners of the globe we felt compelled to respond this time." she added. After taking up for 'Ye as a musician and as a person, Eavis made it clear what her decision would be.
Check out some of her response, below.
"Ultimately, there is no question in my mind that we have got one of the greatest artists of his generation headlining, and we have no regrets at all about booking him. As the late, great Glastonbury regular Lou Reed said about Kanye: “The guy really, really, really is talented. He’s really trying to raise the bar. No one’s near doing what he’s doing, it’s not even on the same planet.” And we’ve got him coming to our farm! In rural Somerset! That’s great, right? I certainly can’t wait to see his performance."
As previously reported, over 38K people signed a petition, started by a man named Lonsdale, to try to get Yeezy booted from the lineup. Lonsdale expressed his disdain for the pic in the plea, posting, "Kanye has been very outspoken on his views on music….he should listen to his own advice and pass his headline slot on to someone deserving! Lets prevent this musical injustice now!"
Yeah, but Mrs. E aint having no parts of that.
Read her lengthy statement in its entirety HERE.