A few years ago Noel Gallagher commented that he didn't like the fact that Jay-Z was headlining a night at the Glastonbury Festival. His main point being that generally guitar driven rock and pop acts had headlined in the past including his own band Oasis, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, The Who, Paul McCartney, Muse and Radio Head among others. Ticket sales were sluggish and the festival looked like it wouldn't sell out for the first time in 15 years. Gallagher thought the hip-hop superstar was the wrong artist for the job and was promptly called a racist and an angry old man. Jay-Z started his set with a mocking rendition of Oasis' Wonderwall while strumming a plastic white guitar. Cut to today and Oasis has broken up and Noel is a successful solo artist while Jay-Z is a corporation onto himself with their media made beef ancient news.
In an interesting development, 100,000 people have signed a petition to block hip-hop superstar with his own opinions, Kanye West, from headlining this years Glastonbury. The petition basically attacks Kanye's outspoken view of himself and music and asks for a rock band instead. While ticket refund requests have only numbered in the single digits, it seems like the internet has spoken on their feelings for Kanye. But honestly, 100,000 e-signatures isn't much in the grand scheme of things, he's probably sold more records than that in a day before. It's just interesting that nobody is being called a racist or angry old man now for pointing out the fact that some people don't like Kanye or his music and want a rock band to headline. And that my friends is what happens when you have an opinion, people attack you. Even when it's supported by facts! Happened to Noel, happened to Kanye. Noel just comes off a bit more clever and less egotistical. So keep educating yourself, say what you mean and mean what you say.