The man who invaded the stage at Kanye West’s Glastonbury headline set last night (June 28) says he did it “for Taylor Swift”.
The stage invader was Simon Brodkin, best known for his character Lee Nelson, who had a BBC TV show, Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show. Brodkin ran onstage in a “Lee-zus” T-shirt and carrying a mic during ‘Black Skinhead’, the fourth song of West’s set. Though he was quickly apprehended by a security guard, Brodkin’s actions disrupted the rapper’s debut headline show, and he was forced to restart the track.
Today, Brodkin took to Twitter, posting as Lee Nelson, to say the stunt was for Taylor Swift. “I Kanye’d Kanye”, he wrote. Taylor Swift performed a major concert in London the same night, at British Summertime at Hyde Park.
— Lee Nelson (@RealLeeNelson) June 28, 2015
Brodkin was referring to West’s famous on-stage interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs, an incident for which they’ve long-since made up and even talked about collaborating. “He’s one of those people that’s just like idea, idea, idea,” she has said. “He’s very creative and… I think we’ve talked about [working together] but we’ve also talked about so many other things… I completely respect him as a producer. So, that’s all I know now.”
Brodkin has form, having previously taken to the pitch at Everton’s football ground Goodison Park in an attempt to warm up with Manchester City in March 2013, an incident for which he was arrested. Brodkin claimed at the time that he was filming a prank for new BBC Three series. West’s Glastonbury set was being broadcast live on BBC networks. He was arrested a further time in 2014 for attempting to board a flight to the World Cup in Brazil with the England football squad.
Reaction to Brodkin’s stunt on Twitter was mixed, with some considering it a “taste of his own medicine”. One Twitter user wrote that Nelson was “getting a taste of his own medicine”, but another commented “imagine being Lee Nelson & so irrelevant that the only way to remind people you exist is to crash a headliner at Glasto.”