If folks aren’t doing their homework and keeping up on current events, they probably missed this one. Coachella is the star-studded music festival held every April outdoors under five main stages deep in the sunny, hot California desert. These venues include; the Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent and the Sahara Tent.
Thousands attend the two-weekend party located at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Some of the concert goers are famous like the Jenner girls, Kylie and Kendall, model Alessandra Ambroiso, as well as Cindy Crawford and her family.
Coachella is a blast, trendy and it would appear, liberal in many ways.
Not so fast; Coachella’s owner happens to be a billionaire businessman who wants to restrict the freedoms of strong, vocal LBGT groups in the United States. One newspaper did a little digging and is claiming that their investigation shed some interesting facts about Phil Anschutz, owner of the Coachella festival and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. Mr. Anschutz is on Forbes magazine’s list of the richest people in America. The publication says that the Coachella owner is sitting comfy with an estimated wealth of more than $10 billion. He ranks #42 on Forbes’ U.S. Billionaires list.
Mr. Anschutz has reportedly taken some of the Coachella profits and contributed huge amounts of funding into a number of extreme anti-LGBT groups.
Some of his contributions are listed below:
“Anschutz Foundation gave $110,000 to Alliance Defending Freedom between 2011 and 2013.
“Anschutz Foundation gave $50,000 to National Christian Foundation between 2011 and 2013.
“Anschutz Foundation gave $30,000 to Family Research Council between 2010 and 2013.”
Numerous people quickly went to social media like Twitter, to blast Mr. Anschutz and his foundation, urging young people everywhere to boycott the next Coachella Music festival. Big draws like Beyonce are scheduled to headline Coachella’s 2017 superstar line-up. Other tweets were sent out around the world, also attacking Mr. Anschutz for supporting climate change denying groups.
There has been no comment thus far, from the famous musical talent that will grace the Coachella stage come next April. In addition to Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and others are scheduled to delight the half million fans expected to attend Coachella in 2017.