Sometimes you just have to take a stand against music you don’t like.
The announcement that Nickelback will play at the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers did not sit well with some Detroiters. And as of the time of this post, more than 21,000 people have signed an online petition to have Nickelback replaced.
“Is [Nickelback's appearance] some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions?” wrote the petition’s creator on the site change.org. “This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs.”
Sadly, Nickelback, whose new album comes out three days before Thanksgiving, might be used to this kind of ridicule by now. The Canadian post-grunge band, which features the raspy voice of Chad Kroeger and arguably trite song lyrics (“If everyone shared and swallowed their pride/Then we’d see the day when nobody died”) has a strong base of haters.
This isn’t the first time people have protested the band’s appearance at sporting events. In August, two writers from the Winnipeg Free Press begged the NHL not to include Nickelback in its season-opening ceremonies. And a U.K. dating site found that Nickelback is one of the worst bands you can admit to liking on a first date, along with Justin Bieber.
But if Nickelback is crying about this, they’re doing so on beds made entirely of money. So don’t worry about them.