After Phil Collins announces return to music, petition begs for someone to stop him

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(Nov. 9, 2015) – Phil Collins says he’s “no longer officially retired”from music, and one “fan” generated a lot of attention by launching a petition begging for someone to stop Collins’ return.

A petition on called “Phil Collins must be stopped” generated more than 4,300 supporters before being closed. Collins told Rolling Stone last week he was planning a comeback tour and a new album.

From the petition’s description:

Phil Collins has announced he is ‘no longer in retirement’.
There is far too much suffering in the world as it is.
This must be stopped.

The petition appeared to be addressed to the United Nations, with hundreds of people enthusiastically signing up.

A sampling of the comments from those who signed it:

We’ve burned the rainforests, poisoned the oceans, polluted the air, thrown an orbiting ring of debris around the planet, and generated enough landfill to cover entire countries. Time to draw a line in the sand and stop the madness. Collins cannot be permitted to return to work or future generations will NEVER forgive us!!

I’m actually a Phil Collins survivor, having grown up in the 1980s. To this day I live with PTSD from such horrors as Invisible Touch, Easy Lover and Sussudio… For the sake of all that is good and kind in humanity, please, please keep this man in retirement.

Ah, but all fun things must come to the end. The petition’s creator says the whole thing was a joke that he didn’t expect to take off like it did. He’s since closed the petition, explaining in a final update that things got out of hand:

People who signed this get that it was a joke.
Some others didn’t.

It very obviously wasn’t a serious petition.
Surely no one could think this was going to be sent to the U.N.?

It was low brow satire, a farcical jest that I shared with some friends.