Boycott Coachella

Boycott Coachella

Why you shouldn't support the major festivals produced by AEG Live.
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As you've probably heard by now, it was recently revealed that the owner of AEG Live (the production company that hosts Coachella), Phil Anschutz, has a history as a leading sponsor of many conservative causes.

Organizations that Anshutz supports include the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and the National Christian Foundation. These three groups are known to campaign against LGBT rights, and the Family Research Council's website shows that it is specifically anti-LGBT rights, anti-trans rights, and anti-abortion. Additionally, the Center for Responsive Politics shows that Anschutz and his wife donated more than $1 million to Republican candidates and PACs during the 2016 campaign season.

Although this is not the first time this information has surfaced about Anschutz, it seems to be the first time this information has gotten so much attention. Initially broken through an article on Teen Vogue just as Coachella's 2017 lineup was announced, the news has vastly spread across social media, and has caused many to denounce their affinity for, or even attendance of, Coachella.

While many artists haven't officially commented on these developments, Mitski took to Twitter to voice her disappointment:

She followed up by asking her followers, "if you're going w me, let's make sure the spaces we inhabit are made safe. ugh."

Amidst all the backlash, Anschutz released the following statement to The Fader:

"Both The Anschutz Foundation and I contribute to numerous organizations that pursue a wide range of causes. Neither I nor the Foundation fund any organization with the purpose or expectation that it would finance anti-LGBTQ initiatives, and when it has come to my attention or the attention of The Anschutz Foundation that certain organizations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes, we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups."

This statement doesn't sit well - are you actually unaware of where your personal foundation and corporations are donating their money? That sentiment is very hard to believe. Additionally, if you personally are donating to Super PACs to support the far right candidates that ran campaigns in 2016, it's not hard to connect the dots and see that you support those exclusionary ideals.

In this politically tumultuous time where minority groups across the nation are protesting and fighting for their basic human rights, it's more important than ever to boycott and make noise about corporations that do not have everyone's best interests at heart.

As tough as this may be in terms of AEG Live - who is responsible for 61% of ticket sales worldwide in the third quarter of 2016 according to Pollstar - the least you can do to oppose the company's conservative agenda is to stop purchasing tickets to their festivals. The festivals they produce include Coachella, Panorama, FYF Fest, Edgefest, and dozens more.

It's been proven that boycotts work. Make a statement this season and refuse to purchase tickets to any AEG produced festival. If they see slashed sales across the board, they'll have no choice but to change their tune.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Dear Joy Villa, Your Shitty Political Beliefs Aren't Invited To This Year's Grammys

If she is snatched off the platform that she so desperately clings onto for the promotion of trash political beliefs, then she wouldn't have an audience anymore.

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If you're someone like me, then you like to keep up with your award shows. Especially if Shawn Mendes is scheduled to perform (sorry, besides the point). The Grammys are especially an important show because of, frankly, how damn prestigious the event is considered. If someone wins a Grammy, then they're pretty much set for life, their name no longer being uttered without the phrase "Grammy award winning artist" preceding it.

The Grammys red carpet, of course, is equally as important as the award show. Stars arrive in their most fashionable outfits (although most are just borderline outrageous). God forbid you end up on the worst dressed list, though.

The person who I thought dressed the worst and actually deserved to be kicked out of the show itself is a singer by the name of Joy Villa. Name ring a bell? Of course not, because she is probably one of the most irrelevant people on Earth. I'll give you a quick summary: Joy Villa is an American woman (with African roots) who happens to be one of President Trump's most avid supporters.

She started her charade in 2017, the year Trump was inaugurated, wearing a navy blue gown with the words "Make America Great Again" printed across the length of it, in large, glittery, and tacky letters.

In addition to the fact that she is a woman, she is also a woman of COLOR. I personally cannot fathom the fact that she is most definitely aware of our struggles as WOC and yet she continues to zealously support one of the most racist and misogynistic presidents we have had to date.

Her dresses are not only ugly but also incredibly disturbing. Her dress at the most recent Grammys took the cake, with the words "Build The Wall" printed in piercing red letters, a brick pattern surrounding, obviously alluding to the Mexican-American border wall proposed by Trump. As if this weren't enough, she wore a barbed wire around her neck and spikes in her hair, in addition to once again rocking a tacky MAGA clutch.

I understand that we live in a democracy and people are allowed to have their own political beliefs, and sure, Joy Villa is legally allowed to support whoever the hell she wants. But to bring your oppressing and overwhelming ideas to a place where people just want to enjoy and feel safe honestly just indicates a complete lack of humanity. I am not an immigrant myself, but being around an individual dressed like that would most definitely make me uncomfortable.

This issue probably becomes messy when you factor in Article 11 of the Bill of Rights which protects our freedom of expression. A very plausible solution, however, is to just take her invitation away. If she is snatched off the platform that she so desperately clings onto for the promotion of trash political beliefs, then she wouldn't have an audience anymore.

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