Beyoncé’s performance at Coachella has been called the greatest of all time and a major cultural event. While the tickets to Coachella were done and sold long before the performance, the extraordinarily high profile of the performance definitely promotes the festival. That festival is owned by the renowned bigot, Phillip Anshultz.
Back in a 2016 Washington Post article, it was revealed that Anshultz made donations to several hate groups including the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom (the group defending that bakery in the SCOTUS case). Foundation gave $190,000 between 2010 and 2013.
“I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation,” adding that it’s “fake news.”— Phillip Anshultz
Actions speak louder than words, Phil.
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I am speechless. That performance made me burst into tears and sent shivers down my spine. Especially the Destiny’s child reunion. ICONIC is an understatement. Thank you for inspiring so many and for lifting each other up. #GirlPower @michellewilliams @beyonce @kellyrowland
The festival brought in more than $114 million in 2017. This year’s festival will meet or exceed that number when all things are settled. So, why are beloved acts like Haim, the Weeknd, and Beyoncé performing at a festival that puts so much money into the coffers (and, eventually, war chest) of this terrible man?
While you’re losing your minds over Beyoncé’s performance, remember what that performance is helping to pay for at the end of the day.