Every year on Thanksgiving, The Detroit Lions play one of their regular season games. Everyone gets stuffed like a pregnant chick on turkey and stuffing and then collapses into comatose on the couch for some Football. It’s an awesome tradition and one as American as Apple Pie and Kim Kardashian. This year however, they made the decision to have one of America’s worst bands, basically un-contested, Nickelback perform the half-time show. Uproar has ensued.
In the past, we all would have to sit back in our white meat induced coma and take it, but thankfully, we can now lash out on the internet. That’s what Dennis Gutman has done on Change.org with a petition titled The Detroit Lions: Replace Nickelback as the halftime show for the Thanksgiving game. And it’s fucking working. So far, 46,00o people have signed the petition, with comments, and we’re still more than 2 weeks away from the event.
The body text of the petition goes like this:
“This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs. The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime.”
We completely agree Dennis. If this were a ploy to get people out of their seats, it would be the most genius one in history. If I could count the amount of friends I have that actually listen to Nickelback, I could do it with zero fans. Mostly because anyone who has ever told me they like Nickelback has been de-friended almost instantaneously. Not Facebook de-friended. Actually de-friended. Hasn’t the city of Detroit suffered enough?
I realize these things are way more complicated than they seem and that if Detroit were to change music acts right now, they would most-likely lose a ton of money. But when a group of people larger than half your stadium’s capacity (70,000), you kinda have a responsibility to act. You can’t ignore the internet, and besides, how awesome would it look for the Lions if they actually do right by their fans? I for one would cheer for them forever. So long as they weren’t playing The Jets. Make this happen Detroit. For the love of God.