Kanye West (almost) has a friend in Canada.
Soon after it was announced that Chicago-born West will headline the 2015 Pan American Games –– held in Toronto this year –– Canadians flew into the most polite of uproars.
More than 30,000 people (as of press time) signed a petition wishing that the global sporting event would be closed out with a local performer instead.
Toronto's mayor, John Tory, defended his decision, apparently assuming first that the complaints had something to do with West's old beef with Beck or Swift or the fact that he sometimes wears a mask. West is a "proud product of our music industry," he told CTV, before reporters let him know that Yeezy is a U.S.-bred American.
"I wish it'd been a Canadian," Tory concluded. "I also wish I'd known he wasn't Canadian. But you can't know everything."
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