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Coachella’s Owner Anschutz and the Game of Chicken

For those who aren’t in the know, Coachella is a trendy music festival. Via Wikipedia:

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire‘s Coachella Valley, in the Colorado Desert. It was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999, and is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live as of 2001.[1] The event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. The main stages are the: Coachella Stage, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, Outdoor Theatre, and Sahara Tent; a smaller Oasis Dome was used in 2006 and 2011, while a new Yuma stage was introduced in 2013.

Evidently, the owner of the group that manages it is a Republican rich guy named Philip Anschutz. He has given money to conservative organizations and now that Republicans must pay for having the temerity of winning office, guys like him must pay:

Tickets for Coachella 2017 sold out in a speedy three hours on Wednesday, off the back of the announcement that the yearly California festival will be headlined by Beyoncé, Radiohead, and Kendrick Lamar. That money goes to AEG, a company founded by oil and entertainment magnate Philip Anschutz. AEG and Anschutz own part of the Los Angeles Lakers, several arenas around the world, and many of the world’s biggest music festivals, including Coachella. Anschutz also happens to be one of the United State’s biggest Republican donors and has historically given to organizations designated as extremist hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Note 1: The Southern Poverty Law Center is a joke.

Note 2: Define “extremist.”

Here’s the next paragraph:

As Teen Vogue and Afropunk reported in posts on Wednesday, Anschutz’s donations have had an anti-LGBTQ streak for years. Between 2010 and 2013, the Anschutz Foundation gave a combined $190,000 to Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Christian Foundation, and the Family Research Council. According to a 2016 report from the LGBT organization Freedom For All Americans, ADF “has equated being LGBT with committing incest and beastiality.”

Mr. Anschutz didn’t like Donald Trump, though, and met with people who wanted to stop him. But that won’t be enough. By the end of this game of chicken, Anschutz will either have to denounce his beliefs and stop funding ideas and people he believes in or be destroyed. That’s the remnant of Obama’s America.

Already, Mr. Anschutz is defending his piety as a human being:

“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.”

So will all the Coachella hipsters ask for a refund? Will Beyoncé, the fading star, continue on as the anchor of the concert? Will Radiohead stand on its principles and  leave their hefty check in the desert and not play the concert?

Liberals love loyalty tests and litmus tests and being the most vociferous ladies of the Amen-pew (they won’t get this reference). How far are they willing to go in this Game of Chicken? Will conservative business owners cave to the hectoring and threats? So far, many have or paid with their livelihoods.

More: Calls for boycott.

Melissa Mackenzie
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Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. Melissa commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and two diva rescue cats. You can follow Ms. Mackenzie on Twitter: @MelissaTweets.
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