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Nickelback Petition: Fans Say No To Canadian Band For Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Half-Time Show

11/03/2011 04:49 EDT | Updated 01/03/2012 05:12 EST
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Fans of the Detroit Lions have a lot to cheer about this year. But many of them are up in arms over the choice of entertainment for an upcoming game.

Canadian rock group Nickelback has been asked to play the Thanksgiving Weekend match-up against the Green Bay Packers.

Fans have an online petition asking the team to "Replace Nickelback as the halftime show for the Thanksgiving game."

"Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? 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," the petition states.

More than 6,500 people have signed the online petition and some of the comments have been full-throated in their hatred for Alberta's second-most controversial export.

"Because I'd rather drink bleach than listen to Nickelback and have them associated with Detroit," wrote one commenter.

It's easy to see why Lions' organizers would've chosen the band. Nickelback's last album sold some 3-million copies and their Facebook page has some 11.5 million likes. They can't all be ironic, right?

On the other hand, the band has its share of detractors. Dating site Tastebuds.fm called the group the #1 musical turn-off, beating even Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas. Last year, the band also lost an internet popularity contest to a pickle.

When it comes down to it though, the strongest argument seems to be that the game is a chance to showcase Detroit, a city that has had it rough the last few years.

"Is Nickelback Detroit? Does Nickelback have songs that reflect what we do in Detroit? What life is like? Nickelbacks' music doesn't even reflect a musical genre that has ever been popular in the city. It is not rock and roll, its a nasty hybrid of the worst manufactured music on the planet," wrote commenter Robert Jones.

If the organizers looked closer to home, they could've easily found a musical act that might've been deserving of the honour. They are, after all, living in a city with a more-than-respectable musical heritage.

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