1. “Kanye Haters at Glastonbury: Racism, Rockism and Flying Bottles of Piss.” Ashley Clark on how the backlash against Kanye’s headline slot reveals disturbing cultural subtext and offensive vitriol.
“Ignoring the obvious irony that West is a genre-blurring artist (and self-appointed ’rockstar’) whose music has long been heavily influenced by rock acts like Led Zeppelin and U2, Lonsdale conflates West’s more outré public pronouncements — like his controversial recent suggestion at the Grammys that Beck should ’respect Beyoncé’s artistry’ — with his supposed lack of value for money, and somehow concludes that he doesn’t have the aptitude to headline a concert. It’s all rather bizarre. Shouldn’t our cultural firmament be studded with erratic, outspoken eccentrics precisely in the vein of Kanye? Yet at the time of writing, [Neil] Lonsdale’s petition has accrued an extraordinary 133,246 signatures, making him an accidental figurehead for an amorphous, burbling groundswell of staunch cultural conservatism. It’s inconceivable that the petition will achieve its desired goal. But it can’t be dismissed as a mere storm in a teacup — it, and the accompanying vitriol, clearly speak to something deeply felt, festering under the surface.”