What can be said about Coachella? For me, I’ve never understood the entire go stand in a dusty field, cheek by jowl, sweating in the California desert with a whole whack of strangers. I do have to say that originally how Coachella came to be was inspiring. Many indie groups getting to play a festival building their brand and their following. Loved that. But, sadly that changed long ago, in the same way it changed for Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, but I digress, that’s for another blog.
Perhaps I should preface this post by stating that a) I don’t like strangers en-mass and b) I don’t like sweating, unless it’s for a good cause like burning off the cheeseburger I ate.
Maybe, just maybe if I were being open and honest about why I’m biased toward music festivals then I could be taken more seriously in regards to what I’m about to type, which is: HOW CAN ALL THESE LIBERAL EDUCATED SOCIALIST TYPE HUMANS PAY A BIGOT TO ATTEND HIS MUSIC FESTIVAL, BUT ALSO, HOW CAN ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS TAKE MONEY FROM SAID ULTRA CONSERVATIVE RIGHT WING BIASED HUMAN?
I’m sorry, but none of our modern world makes sense to me.
Actually, let me rewind a bit, much about our modern world makes sense to me, except the parts of it where people suck and blow simultaneously. This I honestly do not understand. Where I sit, on issues like this; it’s either black or it’s white. It’s either Yes or it’s No.
For example, Philip Anschutz, who is the guy who owns AEG Live, where he enjoys ownership stakes in the LA Kings, the Lakers, LA Galaxy. He also backs Bieber, Swift and Chesney’s tours. They are second in concert promotions to Live Nation, this guy is a STINKING RICH. He’s uber powerful, and he’s also a known extreme right wing supporter. He’s known to be anti-LBGTQ, he’s handed over money to pro-gun senators, along with anti-abortion and same sex politicians, plus he’s anti-climate change. Basically Philip couldn’t be further on the human spectrum of what he believes in and supports than all the artists he pays to tour, and play Coachella. Which seriously has me going “hmmm…”
Like excuse you Beyonce, but you know this man, is the polar opposite of essentially everything you performed about at the Festival last weekend, and are currently re-performing tonight. Like does it really do any good for her to take his money, while pumping her fist in support of Black Lives Matter while lining her pockets and supporting a festival that is in direct conflict of all that she supposedly represents??? Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm.
I had this same question for Lady Gaga last year, a known advocate for the LGBTQ community, yet there she stood, opening the festival on a stage being paid by a man who gives his personal revenue to senators and the like who oppose the very same people.
What about all the people in attendance at Coachella? You’re all supposed to be free, liberal, and “woke” yet there you are, paying your hard earned money to a man who’s literally going to turn around and give it too all the organizations you tweet and Instagram post opposition to all week long.
I’m sorry, but this entire Coachella thing is going to be a big fat hairy no for me. It was originally a NO due to the dust from the desert, and the sweaty strangers, but now that I know what I know about where the money comes from, and then where it all goes, I have to say, it would be a very cold day in hell before you would see my ass, or the tits of any of my daughters waving around in front of a Coachella stage friends.
We all need to know that when we make a stand, it should be a stand across the entire board of the issues, not just the portion of the issues that suits us. I’m just saying.