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Kanye West Faces Backlash and Petition Over Pan American Games

07/21/2015
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(Radio.com) A petition launched earlier this month to prevent Kanye West from performing at the closing ceremony of the Pan American Games has now reached 50,000 signatures, according to NME.

The Pan Am Games takes place every four years and it was announced recently that Kanye would close out the event on July 26. Many people criticized the decision to allowing the hip-hop superstar to perform.

The petition reads: "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." Read more here.

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