In a description for the Change.org petition, which has ties to a Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson fan account on Instagram, petition organizer Caramello Marie said Coachella and other entities “should be ashamed of themselves” for associating with Ye. The petition also argues that West has recently “been threatening actual bodily harm on others.”
At the time of this writing, the signature count was at 30,205 with a goal of 35,000. In a recent update shared to the petition page, the organizer said supporters can “also find us on Instagram” via the aforementioned Kardashian and Davidson fan page, @kimandpeteupdates.
Of course, this isn’t the first festival-focused petition from the platform to make headlines. Back in January, frequent Ye collaborator Travis Scott was the subject of a petition calling for him to be added back to the Coachella lineup. That one, which followed the fatal crowd crush incident at last November’s Astroworld Festival, was later determined to have utilized “fraudulent signatures,” which were removed by the Change.org team.
“The petition was found to contain fraudulent signatures, which were removed,” a Change.org spokesperson told BuzzFeed News of that petition as part of a January-published report. “After further investigation, our team discovered that the petition had produced several fraudulent attempts, which forced a complete removal of the petition.”
Tuesday, a rep for Change.org told Complex that its “most recent review” of the current petition calling for Kanye’s removal from Coachella showed “no irregular activity.” A rep for Ye declined to comment.
The full 2022 lineup for Coachella’s return this April also includes fellow headliners Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia, and Harry Styles. While Ye previously threatened to pull out of his headlining slot over a viral audience safety clip from Billie and a perceived Travis Scott connection, the latest focus on the Goldenvoice-organized festival in Indio comes amid a larger controversy surrounding Ye’s recent social media activity.
However, Yeezy does not appear to have been active on Instagram or elsewhere after reports of being temporarily suspended from the Meta-owned platform last week. A West rep later told the Hollywood Reporter that Grammys organizers had cited “concerning online behavior” when rescinding an offer to perform as part of this year’s awards ceremony.