BBC’s hilarious subtitles of Kanye West’s Glastonbury set go viral

The rapper headlined the Worthy Farm festival on Saturday night (June 27)

Screenshots of the subtitles used by the BBC during their broadcast of Kanye West‘s headline Glastonbury Festival set on Saturday (June 27) have gone viral online.

The Chicago rapper performed a nearly two hour set at Pilton, teaming up with Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon and playing tracks from throughout his career as well as a short cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. He also took the time to pay tribute to wife Kim Kardashian during a rendition of the track ‘Lost In The World’.

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Prior to the performance, the BBC told viewers to “expect bad language” during West’s set, revealing that they had “contingency plans” set in place. They also aired a warning prior to the broadcast.

BBC decided not to censor any expletives used during the performance. However, many fans quickly noticed that the subtitles altered the lyrics.

One subtitle read: “We ain’t got nothing to lose motherducker, we rollin'”, and another simply: “He raps”. See below.

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis revealed earlier today that he missed Kanye West’s headlining set, instead spending the evening onstage with The Moody Blues. The veteran rock band played the Acoustic Stage last night and invited Eavis to perform alongside them.

Asked by NME what he thought about West’s set, the festival founder responded: “I was going to ask you. I wasn’t there, I was at the Moody Blues. I was onstage for the last song. Do you know ‘Question’?. Fantastic song. What a privilege eh?”


On Kanye’s performance, Eavis admitted he is “not a fan of that kind of music” but asserted that it had gone down “reasonably well” with festival goers. When told of NME’s positive review of the set, he beamed, “That’s really great news”.

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