I understand the hate for Kanye; I do. He’s got a douchey personality, he was an absolutely ass in regards to the situation that happened in ‘08, and some of you might just genuinely not like his music. That’s cool. We all dislike different music artists for various reasons. Why I don’t understand, however, is the intense desire to express this dislike at the festival. Some of you are planning on being on his set JUST to boo him, and I’m sure there will be shouts of “Fuck Kanye”, and maybe even signs displaying the same. What do you stand to gain from this? AC is already well aware of the backlash for their booking decision, and they knew that there would be backlash well before they made the decision to go after him. If they weren’t going to pay attention to the “Fuck Kanye”s before, why would they now? They knew what they were getting themselves into. And Kanye certainly doesn’t care - he’s going to put on his show, entertaining thousands of people while doing so, and then go home with a bank account larger than it was before. AC Entertainment/Superfly will do the same. Expressing your dislike and anger at the festival isn’t going to change any of this.
I’m not asking anyone to forget, or even to forgive. I understand the anger and the passion behind it. But why bring it to the festival? Sure, there will be a lot of people that feel the same way, and sometimes it feels good to have a bunch of people rally against something, but does this really make the fest better for anyone else? Although the people disliking Kanye will probably be the most vocal, I’d wager that the large majority of people there are either looking forward to his show or just don’t care - at least not enough to be bothered by it. As important as you may think it is for you to vocalize your dislike of Kanye, you gotta realize that you’re going to be making the fest a worse experience for a lot of people. Kanye’s performance is going to be a small part of the awesome weekend that is Bonnaroo. During his performance, you can rest up for the late nights or drink yourself silly or check out the silent disco or wander around Centeroo and grab some spicy pie or head to one of the other tents so you can be close up for a late night show you really want to see - these are all options that will make the fest better for you, and better for the people around you. Why not do one of those? Bonnaroo is a happy place; let’s keep it that way.