Two days ago, Coachella revealed its 2017 lineup and lots of festival-goers were excited about headlining acts Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, and none other than Beyoncé. Today, however, word got around that the CEO of the company who owns Coachelle, Phil Anschutz has donated to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group that “advocates for your right to freely live out your faith.” It sounds nice, but as The Mary Sue puts it, “that means they’re a group of anti-abortion, anti-same sex marriage advocates, who fight in the name of preserving ‘religious freedom.'” He’s also given to the National Christian Foundation, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as an extremist group. Additionally, Anschutz is reportedly a climate-change denier.
The punk rock thing to do would be to show up, preach against the hate from the stage, and donate the proceeds to a charity that takes care of the people who are victims of that hate. But that wouldn't really solve the problem because the most devastating correction that can be used against pro-hate individuals is to hurt them in the marketplace. Reject Coachella, and you are helping to stop lining the pockets of this terrible man.
There are certain acts who are never going to be political, but I can't believe Radiohead and Beyonce aren't going to respond to this call to avoid playing Coachella. All of the other artists with integrity need to have a gut check on this one.