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

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

Sometimes, the most powerful vote is with your wallet.

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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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To The Girls I Wasn't Good Enough For Because I'm Transgender

A thank you to those I wasn't enough for, because I'm transgender.

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I didn't realize it at the time, but I was breaking my back for women and for relationships that were nothing but toxic.

I tried so hard to prove I was enough; man enough, worthy enough, and deserving of your love. To the girls who made me feel as if I wasn't enough because I'm a transman, thank you. No, this is not me being sarcastic or trying to "throw shade." I'm not "spilling any tea."

Maybe I've been listening to too much Ariana Grande, but this is a sincere thank you.

In the beginning, it wasn't always as clear as you blatantly saying "no one will love you for what you are" like you did at the end, you had your own special ways of making me feel little and inadequate. You kept me a secret because you didn't want to be called a "lesbian" or have people question your sexuality.

Your image was more important than me and my feelings.

You took a backseat and jokingly agreed whenever anyone would tell you to "get a real man." Your slick comments about being artificial and lacking a certain appendage cut much deeper than you could have ever imagined. Intimate contact from you was forced and I could see the slightly disgusted look on your face whenever it happened.

Your constant comparing me to your ex-lovers and even men you might take a future interest in because they "didn't require surgery or hormones to be men" broke me down lower than the dirt beneath your shoe. You knew it, and I believe you enjoyed it. I was never a priority and I was never your first choice, hell, I wasn't even your third or fourth choice.

You just liked knowing you had your power over me.

You did whatever it took to keep me wrapped around your finger, feeding me just enough to keep me coming back just to rip the rug from under me.

I took such pride in being transgender before you came along and ripped that right apart. I spent too much of my time questioning myself. Why wasn't I good enough? What could I do to become good enough? How could I change myself to be better for you?

Would you love me if I wasn't Trans? Would I be good enough then?

I was beginning to hate myself again and question the choices I made to become my authentic self. I would look upon myself and my body with shame. What a sick and twisted way of thinking. These thoughts ate away at me for the entirety of my relationships.

That's not love. That's toxicity.

It is because of you and your manipulation that I hit an all-time low, my absolute rock bottom, but there's only one way to go from such a low, and that is up.

It is because of you and our failed relationships that I am a better person than I was when I knew you. Our relationships weren't always bad, I'll give you that, but they certainly got there in time. I shared a few very special and incredible moments with some of my exes that I'll carry with me for life. I'm not being cocky when I say they weren't the best for me, but I believe I was the best for them.

Out of everyone, I had the most to offer. I did the most for them, I put them before me.

I loved them (or thought I did) despite destroying me with every cruel and degrading word that left their mouths. They took for granted and lost someone who would've moved mountains for a simple smile.

Regardless of how our stories ended, I will always want the best for them, silently cheering them on from the sidelines.

I hope they got what they wanted. I hope they never find themselves in a relationship with someone who treats them as they treated me. I hope no one belittles them, ignores them, or makes them fight so hard for their love or attention. No one in the world deserves to be treated that way.

At this point in my life, I can honestly say I'm more confident and sure of myself than I have ever been.

And it's because of you, thank you.

Thank you for telling me and making me feel like I wasn't enough because now I know it's not that I wasn't enough, maybe I was too much, but you're never too much for someone who can't get enough of you. Thank you for breaking me down because in those days is where I did the most self-reflection. I will never question myself again. I will never apologize or make an excuse for being who I am.

Thank you for leaving me completely alone, because I was able to grow and be stable on my own two feet, without you. I learned to find the positivity again that you stole from me. I learned to love myself again, by myself, making damn sure this time it wouldn't falter again for anyone. I learned I didn't need to beg for another chance from you, but to instead give that chance to myself.

By giving myself that chance I am thriving and living as the happiest I've ever been. Thank you for kicking me down so low, because I've rebuilt myself back better than I ever thought possible.

Thank you for being so bad for me, because I can now appreciate how special my current relationship is. I'm so lucky to have finally found someone who never lets me question or doubt myself for a split second.

I'm with someone who doesn't cringe when she sees my chest scars, someone who wants to learn how to give me my testosterone shot, and who showers me with reassurance every single day. I'm so grateful to have found someone who makes me forget all about being transgender, who wants to learn my body and how to love it alongside with me. What a beautiful turn of events it's been.

I take all that I've learned from you and I've flipped it so that I am able to give my all to someone who finally deserves it.

Thank you.

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Fyre Festival Lived Up To Its Name By Going Up In Flames

A hyped-up event that soon turned into shambles.

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If you saw beautiful models such as Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin having the absolute time of their lives on a remote island in the Bahamas promoting a music festival, you would think it was legit right? What if I told you that this island was once owned by Pablo Escobar and also Ja Rule was involved as well? On top of all of that, what if I told you that gourmet food and housing accommodations are also provided?

This was the millennials dream and businessman Billy McFarland promoted the sh*t out of it through various social media platforms. According to Cosmo, He paid the infamous Kylie Jenner and many more trending influencers to really hype this once in a lifetime music festival, the Fyre Festival.

Jenner was paid $250,000 to post a line-up of the festival on her Instagram which included artists such as Blink-182, Major Lazer, Disclosure, and Lil Yachty.

Oh, did I also tell you that there was going to be a million-dollar treasure hunt, and a chance to swim in the ocean with some adorable pigs?

This video announcement received over one million views, and that is when people put Coachella aside and Fyre Festival was in the spotlight.

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Within minutes, people were purchasing tickets. Some people spent $500 because they wanted to go to a cool place for spring break, while others such as blogger and podcaster Seth Crossno spent $45,000 on tickets, travel, and their "luxury" housing accommodations.

The anticipation is over, and the first day of Fyre festival arrives.

Guests started to fly in, and none of them were, in fact, Kylie Jenner or Bella Hadid, and chaos begins.

The private island owned by Pablo Escobar ended up being a just a small campsite on a beach with tents scattered, and in fact no private villas. To add more to the matter, the beds inside the tents were soaking wet.

The gourmet food that the guests got to eat was cheese and bread in a nice styrofoam box. Blink-182 never showed, neither did any other artist with musical talent.

This type of promising festival takes up to a year or more to plan and put together, and Billy attempted to do it in a short six to eight weeks.

People were upset, and I mean beyond upset. Billy had to end up canceling the festival while everyone was already there, and expecting to get their money's worth.

The workers that would put in hours and hours of work each day to make this festival happen quickly found out that they were not going to get paid. Now, the workers are upset along with the guests. Workers tried to find the people in charge and hold them hostage, and death threats were made as well.

It was every man for themselves at that point, and everyone was trying their best to get off that island.

Billy managed to scam thousands of people and investors and made them lose thousands and thousands of dollars all because of this "music festival." The music festival that was supposed to be a game-changer ended up being a total, and horrible disaster which got Billy into a million-dollar lawsuit.

After watching the "Fyre Fraud," on Hulu, and "Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened," on Netflix, I realized how powerful social media is at influencing people. Society saw hot people having fun, and they wanted to be right there with them. People paid thousands for an event that should've cost them nothing.

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