Last year several virtue-signaling SJW sites pointed out that billionaire Philip Anschutz, who has donated to anti-LGBT organizations, Republican politicians and conservative PACs, owns the music festival Coachella. This has caused quite a stir in the music industry, resulting in talks of a Coachella boycott (Yeah, right.)
Anschutz’s entertainment company, Anschuts Entertainment Group, owns Goldenvoice, which operates the Coachella music festival, along with festivals like FYF, Panorama, Hangout, and more, in addition to several venues. Anschutz ended up responding to the reports, telling Rolling Stone that he “supports the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation” and that he and his foundation would cease donating to anti-LGBT initiatives.
But he still donated to many Republican candidates in 2017, giving nearly $200,000 to politicians and Super PACs. According to the Fader this past year Anschutz gave $5,400 to Senator Cory Gardner, a pro-gun senator who just finalized a deal with President Trump to return the authority to legalize marijuana to the states under the Marijuana States’ Rights Bill (you’d think they’d be happy about that), $2,700 to Representative Scott Tipton, who opposes same-sex marriage and abortion, and $5,400 to House member Mike Coffman, who opposes abortion, Anschutz also gave money to speaker of the House Paul Ryan and $138,000 to the National Republican Senate Committee.
So, while Anschutz said he would cease donations to anti-LGBT organizations, he has continued to support conservative politicians. Because, apparently, he doesn’t like to be told how to spend his own money, and liberals are furious over this. It’s not enough that he agreed to avoid funding anti-LGBT initiatives and followed through on his word, they want him to stop funding any and all conservatives – or else.
Some festival-goers have threatened to stop attending Coachella in a form of silent protest, but given the astronomically high-priced tickets and the fact they often sell out within days, or even hours of becoming available, Anschutz isn’t losing sleep over hollow threats.
Coachella makes serious bank off of headlining politically-outspoken
musicians hypocrites like Beyoncé and Radiohead. After music outlets pointed out Anschutz connections, some artists, like the band Downtown Boys, called out Coachella’s affiliation with the billionaire. Others have pointed out how not performing at the festival only hurts them more. Not every artist, after all, can afford to walk away from a literally career-sustaining and rent-paying gig like Coachella. It seems leftist “morals” and ideals have a price, after all.
Coachella is just the tip of the entertainment spear, AEG also owns the Staples Center and the Stubhub Center in LA, where, between them, the Lakers, Clippers, Galaxy, and Chargers all play, and a myriad of concerts are staged, as well as the O2 and Wembley in London, and major arenas in Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Sydney, Australia.
As talk of boycotts mounts, somewhere Phil Anschutz is probably smoking a stogie and asking with a smirk, “Where ya gonna go, snowflakes?”
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.