X Factor mogul Simon Cowell has blasted the campaign to make Rage Against The Machine the Christmas Number One calling it “stupid.”
A few weeks ago Rage fan Jon Morter set up a FaceBook group to encourage fans to buy the Rage Against The Machine classic Killing In The Name – made famous by it’s Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me refrain – digitally through iTunes or We7 between Sunday, December 13 and Saturday December 19 to try and prevent the winner of this year’s X Factor from going to Number One at Christmas. The group currently has over 550,000 members.
"If there's a campaign, and I think the campaign's aimed directly at me, it's stupid," said Cowell at press conference in London this afternoon (Thursday, December 10).
"Me having a Number One record at Christmas is not going to change my life particularly," he added. "It does however change these guys' lives and we put this opportunity there so that the winner of The X Factor gets the chance of having a big hit record. I think it's quite a cynical campaign geared at me which is actually going to spoil the party for [the three X Factor finalists]. I also think it's incredibly dismissive of the people who watch and enjoy the show to treat our audiences as if they're stupid and I don't like that."
“The X-Factor has bagged the last four Christmas Number Ones and I think it’s killing one of our country’s great traditions,” Jon Morter told Kerrang!. “I’m totally fed up with this and during a chance viewing of the show, I snapped. I made a Facebook group to see if there were any others who agreed with me.”
“The response has been incredible,” he added. “Killing In The Name is the perfect song. How good would it be to have Rage Against The Machine at the top of the charts instead of a Simon Cowell act?”
We wholeheartedly agree Jon. The time to act is now, people! Join the revolution at www.ragefactor.co.uk.