Written by Staff Writer by Emily Menzlin, CNN
It seems there’s a reason people start petitions, and it’s not to make long-winded movements into the public consciousness.
It’s usually because of a rich actor or actress’s insatiable craving for attention — but a new Change.org petition wants to ban celebrity interviews that don’t sound like an interview.
Most noteworthy among the offending interviews was that of Will Smith’s daughter Willow , who introduced her upcoming album with an interview with Annie. Willow’s interview debuted after Smith had played the album to a surprisingly thin-sliced video audience: It was rumored to be part of a video game plot. But the grand premiere came only as the North American premiere of the film “Tarzan” — despite the song being available to stream online for more than a month.
Now, while 20 petitions had been signed by as of early morning on February 6, 21,770 had signed the “Ban Interviews for Celebrities With No Answers” petition , created by EntrantVoting .com, an online gaming site based in the United Kingdom.
“At first, I thought this would be a nice little thing,” EntrantVoting founder Bill Tidd told CNN. “But it was obvious that it became really big, so I had to add new language.”
In a post on the site, the reason listed for banning the songs these celebrities play as music videos, is “They sound like interviews with the singer’s voice alone.”
Whereas pre-recorded music was only ever going to be a small part of most music videos, the list of celebrities, above and beyond Willow Smith , includes Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Reynolds, Liam Gallagher, and Lenny Kravitz.
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“It is quite clear the celebrities have no clue what’s going on with these interviews — they’re playing along with the reporters but they’re getting completely lost,” says Tidd.