Travis Scott was initially announced as one of the headliners for the 2023 edition of the Coachella music festival but was removed in the wake of the tragic deaths at Scott’s Astroworld Festival in November.
After Scott’s headlining slot was subsequently filled by Harry Styles, some of Scott’s fans launched a Change.org petition demanding that the rapper be added to next year’s Coachella lineup.
“After Coachella unfairly removed Travis Scott for Harry Styles, they need to do the right thing and rebook him immediately,” the petition declares.
But not was all as it seemed. While Billboard originally reported the petition had been signed by 70,000 of Scott’s fans, with a goal of hitting 75,000, the number of signatures soon dropped down to just over 5,000.
BuzzFeed reached out to Change.org, and a representative revealed that over 60,000 fake signatures were removed.
“Our team identified patterns of fraudulent activity and removed the corresponding signatures that were seen on this petition,” the rep explained.
Soon after, the petition was completely removed from the sign and remains inaccessible.
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Ironically, Scott was removed from the music festival after a different petition urged Coachella organizers to dump him due to “Scott’s own gross negligence and sheer lack of compassion for human life.”
Coachella is scheduled to take place April 15-17 and 22-24 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California.