Coachella Music & Arts Festival just got way more controversial.
The yearly double weekend music festival that takes place in Indio, California, announced their lineup earlier this week and is already sold out. However, some may be blind to the many controversies this festival holds.
The fashion choices of festival attendees has been troublesome for many, as white people show up wearing Native American headdresses, bindis, cornrows, traditional African garments, and other culturally appropriative fashion trends (peep this expository Vice article).
However, the controversies over Coachella do not end there. The Washington Post unveiled those who are a part of the Alliance Defending Freedom campaign – a campaign that currently sponsors over 200 anti-LGBT bills in 34 states with 17 bills specifically aimed transgender Americans. Their slogan is “For Faith, For Justice”. Phil Anschutz, the owner of Coachella and one of the largest entertainment groups in the country, AEG Live, was revealed to be one of the top contributors to this campaign. He has also donated to Family Research Council and National Christian Foundation, both strongly anti-LGBTQ rights groups (and anti-abortion, I might add). Still just worried about Trump? This kind of stuff runs deep.
What’s more, Phil Anschutz is an oil and gas billionaire who finances climate change denial groups. He attends Koch’s twice-annual strategy meetings to raise money in order to influence politics. Did those spinning wind mills on the front page of Coachella’s website throw you off? Yeah, us too.
Don’t get distracted by one of the best music festival lineups. Do your research before you invest to attend a million dollar event that feeds directly into this guy’s pocket.