It would seem the X Factor bubble has finally burst, and the whole nation is divided in their allegiance for Christmas number one.
A campaign to prevent X factor gaining it’s fifth consecutive Christmas number one can only be a good thing, and protesters have chosen to mass buy Rage Against the Machine’s 1992 hit, Killing in the name. For the facebook group click here.
Finally, the public has been made aware of the music-monopoly reality show X Factor has over the Christmas charts- even though Rage Against the Machine and X Factor winner Joe McElderry are, in actual fact, linked, through Sony.
Simon Cowell has deemed it a personal attack upon himself, and has labelled it “cynical” and “stupid”. Yes, how stupid of people, NOT wanting to buy a Miley Cyrus cover, and buying something else instead. How dare they choose what to buy.
It is difficult to see how the boycott of such a mediocre song can be seen as ‘cynical’, and Rage Against the Machine have even said the proceeds from their single will go to charity. Hardly a ‘scrooge’-like action, as Simon Cowell has suggested. Perhaps Mr Cowell is feeling increasingly uneasy?
Even if the campaign to end X factors four year run of Christmas number ones doesn’t work, at least the public have shown they have the ability to reject the over-used X-Factor formula, much to the concern of Cowell.
Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello used Twitter to promote the cause further, stating “England! Now is your time!”. This demonstrates how social networking sites are key in promoting marginalised views, and it was through the facebook page that this campaign was able to really take off.
I don’t believe it should be construed as a hate campaign against Joe McElderry, or even Simon Cowell. Rather it is an attempt to gain back the right to choose who is number one, and not have some mediocre reality TV winner automatically expected to soar to the top of the charts.
Killing in the name may not be my choice of number one ordinarily, but I would rather that than the cheesy cover created by a manufactured reality TV contestant.
At least there has finally been a bit of excitement in the race for Christmas number one this year, rather than the usual acceptance that X Factor will walk it. Perhaps this is a promising sign for the future.