“Our team identified patterns of fraudulent activity and removed the corresponding signatures that were seen on this petition,” a representative for Change.org informed BuzzFeed News.
A fan-made petition campaigning for Travis Scott to be allowed to perform at Coachella has been removed from Change.org after it was found that over 60,000 of its signatures had been faked.
This decision to remove Scott from the Coachella lineup was prompted by public outcry in the wake of the Astroworld tragedy, which took place on Nov. 5. Scott was at the forefront of the immense backlash, having produced and headlined the Astroworld festival which left 10 fans dead and hundreds of others injured.
However, despite reports of its booming success, the number of signatures mysteriously plummeted overnight, dropping from over 70,000 to barely 5,000 on Jan. 27.
Supporters in the petition comments section expressed their confusion after the sudden drop in signatures, with some asking Change.org to provide an explanation.
After reaching out directly to Change.org, a representative was able to clarify to BuzzFeed News that over 60,000 signatures were removed from the petition after engineers at the company detected “fraudulent activity.”
“Our team identified patterns of fraudulent activity and removed the corresponding signatures that were seen on this petition,” a spokesperson for the organization told BuzzFeed News.
What’s more, it now appears that the petition has been entirely removed from the site and can no longer be accessed. It currently remains unclear whether this was done by Change.org, or by the creator of the petition themselves, and so we’ve reached out for clarification.
But despite fans’ failed campaign, many still hold hope that Scott may be set to appear at Coachella as a surprise guest with Kanye West, who was reportedly signed on as a headliner to replace Scott.
Not only are Scott and Ye linked by their respective connections to the Kardashian-Jenner family, but a guest appearance from Scott would not be the first time that Ye has shocked fans by endorsing musicians who have been — in his words — “canceled” by the public.
Ye appeared to confirm this fan theory a few months later in November when he discussed the topic of cancel culture during an appearance on the Drink Champs podcast.
“I love [Cancel Culture]. I’m above it. I’m running to get canceled,” the rapper said. “When I sit next to Marilyn Manson and DaBaby right after both of them got canceled for five songs, it’s like, they can’t cancel us all.”
With all this in mind, it certainly isn’t out of the question that Kanye might take a similar approach at Coachella with a guest appearance from Scott. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.