The owner of the famous Coachella music festival, Philip Anschutz, is a conservative. Despite the fact that his political leanings have been well-documented over the years, 2019 is apparently the year liberal fans of the event intend to make a fuss about it.
Anschutz, who is also the CEO of AEG, donated more than $1 million to conservative causes in 2016, and gave nearly $200,000 to Republicans in 2017. He has donated to Republican candidates dating back nearly 30 years.
Some people appear to just be finding out about this for the first time, and even though his personal political views and activities seem to be perfectly normal and have no impact on the festival itself, calls for a boycott began swelling on social media.
Philip Anschutz, the owner of Golden Voice/Coachella, was a Republican mega-donor who gave over $1,000,000 to conse… https://t.co/bb2Hc5Mw7e— Kim “Union Goth” Kelly (@Kim “Union Goth” Kelly)1546798871.0
the money that is funded for coachella not only goes to the performers and whatever else- but to organizations that… https://t.co/bkYYw5C8YF— camelliabedelia (@camelliabedelia)1546829709.0
the coachella lineup has been released, so let’s all take a second to remember how horrific of a person the founder… https://t.co/JoIrjkccqa— kiwi has wares if u have coin (@kiwi has wares if u have coin)1546492737.0
Why should #Coachella attendees give their hard earned money to the people funding a divisive #Republican agenda?… https://t.co/dmX7a45ORA— Shifali (@Shifali)1546759318.0
Anschutz has responded to accusations of being anti-LGBTQ in the past, as that is one of the primary attacks being used to support boycotting the event.
"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." he said in 2017 to Rolling Stone.
That stance has done little to satisfy liberals who oppose him, as his support of any Republican candidate is being considered support of anti-LGBTQ agendas. His support of gun rights and pro-life candidates is also targeted.
The 2019 Coachella lineup includes prominent acts such as Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Pusha T, and others.