A petition has been launched to remove Paris Hilton from a US festival bill.
The heiress had been booked to DJ Milwaukee’s Summerfest alongside The Flaming Lips, Santigold, Public Enemy and Jane’s Addiction, but an online campaign has now received over 4,800 virtual signatures from people who think she should be taken off the line-up, reports Consequence of Sound.
The petition comes in the wake of a similar campaign to remove Kanye West from the Glastonbury line-up, and reads: “This is a middle finger to anyone who paid to go this festival. You claim to be one of the premier festivals in America and then you go ahead and hire someone like Paris Hilton. She is a disgrace to dance music and is a perfect example of what spoiled celebrities do when they’re bored. She has no right to be paid good money to stand up there and clap her hands on a stage. That money could be used to hire credible djs that actually work hard on their craft.”
It continues: “If Paris has any respect for dance music she would step down as she’s clearly not worthy. Signing her to Summerfest is supporting a false, non credible, and quite frankly overall terrible “musician”/”DJ”. This diminishes dance music as nothing more than a cheap show and if you have any respect for the integrity of music you will remove Paris Hilton from the lineup. Please sign and share this petition together we can at least show Paris that we won’t stand for this.”
Last year, Paris Hilton was crowned ‘Best Female DJ’ of the year by French youth station NRJ. in 2013 she took home ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ at the same event. Hilton posted a photo of herself winning the award to Facebook, with the caption: “So honoured and proud to win the ‘Female DJ Of The Year Award’ at your awards show tonight!”
Paris Hilton has claimed to be “one of the Top Five DJs in the world”, with it revealed that she earns more than £600,000 ($1 million) for some of her DJ sets.
Hilton, who also had a fledgling pop career in 2006 with an eponymous solo album, began DJing in 2012 with a not-too-successful set at the Pop Music Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. During her debut outing the singer was reported to be mainly dancing, rather than actually DJing or mixing any of the tracks.
Watch a video of Paris Hilton DJing below.