Glastonbury Festival's Emily Eavis Received Death Threats for Booking Kanye West
Glastonbury Festival’s co-organizers Emily Eavis has revealed she received death threats after inviting Kanye West to headline next month’s event.
Eavis, who is the daughter of Glastonbury’s founder Michael Eavis and is expected to one day take its reins when her dad retires, spoke to British daily tabloid The Evening Standard about the nasty fall-out from booking the rapper.
"It was not a pleasant world we unwrapped," Eavis said. "I had death threats and stuff. It was just horrible. It was just crazy.” She went on, "It was getting out of control. We had Time magazine, all the American news channels saying they were going to come down. This incredible onslaught worldwide."
West was one of the first performers announced for Glastonbury 2015, though his inclusion on the bill was hardly a popular choice. An online petition was launched in March to have the American star's performance nixed. More than 134,000 people have since signed the petition, entitled "Cancel Kanye West's headline slot and get a rock band.”
Kanye, it would seem, is polarizing folks on both sides of the Atlantic. The rapper was reportedly booed this week as he watched the Golden State Warriors’ close out the NBA Western Conference Finals with a game five home win again the Houston Rockets (and he heard it from the audience at the Billboard Music Awards).
The rapper will play Glastonbury seven years after Jay Z's controversial stint at the famous fest in 2008. Back then, Jay -- who was the first hip-hop artist to headline Glastonbury -- was targeted for not being "rock" enough to top the bill, though he won over even the toughest critics. 50 Cent wasn’t so lucky when he performed at the rock-and-indie heavy Reading Festival in 2004. He was bottled off stage.
Glastonbury 2015, which runs from June 24-28, is sold-out.