Canceling Coachella 2019

We're Canceling Coachella Because We Want Artists, Not Anti-LGBTQ Agendas

Sometimes, the most powerful vote is with your wallet.


Coachella, which began in 1999, sky-rocketed to become one of the biggest and most extravagant music festivals of the year. In recent years, with the aid of social media, Coachella's popularity grew even more. With social media influencers and other actors and actresses attending the festival, people can see the glamorous party aesthetic Coachella is trying to sell through pictures and videos online. The festival's marketing campaign contains beautiful images consisting of both artists and attendees enjoying their time in Indio, California.

Unfortunately, Coachella's party aesthetic started to collapse when people found out about the CEO's political agenda in 2017. Philip Anschutz, the CEO of AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) is a conservative, Christian, multi-billionaire who was found supporting anti-LGBT organizations, such as the Family Research Council. During that year, Anschutz gave a full statement to Billboard and said the following about the accusations:

Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news — it is all garbage. I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of companies, all of whom are important to us — the only criteria on which they are judged is the quality of their job performance; we do not tolerate discrimination in any form.

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.

But according to his company's 2013 IRS statement, he does contribute to many organizations who believe in an anti-LGBT agenda. Organizations like Promise Keeper and The Navigators, both religious-affiliated groups who oppose the gay community, are also found in the IRS report. Because of this recent finding, many people are split on whether or not they should still support the AEG's iconic music festival.

Some social media influencers have even proposed a Coachella boycott.

Coachella posted their 2019 lineup on Instagram on January 2nd, featuring their big headliners: Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande. While many showed excitement for the performers, others remembered the politics behind Coachella. When the lineup was posted, people went online to tweet and persuade people to boycott Coachella.

While people plan to boycott the festival and not purchase tickets, other online users note that AEG also owns L.A. Galaxy, L.A. Live, L.A. Kings, Barclay's Center, Staples Center, and other venue areas. Boycotting the Coachella Music Festival also calls for boycotting other venue areas.

The question now is, should we cancel Coachella?

People are entitled to boycott whatever they like. We've seen this on both sides of the political spectrum. In 2018, Starbucks experienced boycotting from the Left, while Nike had people boycotting from the Right. Personally, I think that Anschutz has some disappointing views on the LGBTQ+ community. However, legally, he is entitled to donate to whatever organization he wants to. Boycotting Coachella would be a peaceful way to protest against the CEO's political agenda, but it will be a difficult task for people to accomplish since the company owns much more than the Coachella Music Festival.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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13 Reasons Why I'm A Concert Junkie, Loud And Proud

Live music is the best music, don't @ me.


I love going to concerts, there's something so special about the adrenaline you feel before, during and after a concert. Starting with the Jonas Brothers in 2009, I've always loved going to see some of my favorite artists live. There's just something about the energy of being in a jam-packed arena, surrounded by fans, listening to your favorite artist.

Here are 13 reasons why I'm a concert junkie.

1. The anticipation leading up to the concert

Weeks ahead of time you are listening to that artist on replay, preparing yourself for the night of your life.

2. Attending the concert with someone who shares the same joy as you

When you both look at each other in the midst of the craziness and smile, knowing you both are living your best life.

3. The road trip to the concert venue

No matter the distance you drive, it's always so worth it because the drive is filled with so much excitement and eagerness.

4. The lights

For me, the lights can totally set the mood for the entire show. The colorful, flashing lights can build so much suspense and positive energy to each and every moment.

5. Being in the same vicinity as your favorite artist

To actually think that you were sharing the same room with someone you admire so much is amazing to think about.

6. Getting to meet other fans

Hearing stories of how an artist's music has brought you together and created friendships is something special.

7.  The way you get lost in the music

Having every lyric memorized and singing alongside hundreds of people PLUS your favorite artist? It's an unforgettable memory.

8. The energy is unable to be matched

Everyone is just as hype as you are; yelling in excitement, smiling from ear to ear, and dancing to each song.

9. The feeling when your favorite song comes on

The moment in the concert when the beginning beats of your favorite song starts and your face lights up.

10. Losing your voice because you cheered so excessively 

Who cares if your voice gets lost in the crowd? I'm always cheering loud and proud (and maybe a little obnoxiously.)

11. The goosebumps

If you don't get goosebumps when your favorite artist is belting out the lyrics to their most powerful song then there's something wrong. (Sorry, I don't make the rules.)

12. The way your ears ring after the show ends

Listening to music at the highest volume possible, surrounded by hundreds of screaming fans can be a little bit overwhelming for your poor eardrums but it's totally worth it.

13. The lasting impression you have afterwards

The memories, the videos you captured while singing along to your favorite songs, and the selfies you took while cheesing too hard. The songs performed at the concert are forever changed for you; every time you listen to that artist you remember how you felt while hearing the song live and LOVING it.

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