Beyoncé made Coachella 2018 a Success, and there’s been an understandable excitement for this year’s land of flower crowns and Instagram-worthy photo opps. But everyone, especially the Beyhive, might want to know more about Philip Anschutz, the owner of the event, and his views before you fork over your money for a coveted Coachella ticket. Because when you buy a ticket, you support Philip Anschutz and his agenda.
Philip Anschutz is the owner of a company called AEG, which owns several sports teams and venues. One of those events that’s owned by AEG is Coachella. According to an infographic from The Washington Post, Anschutz has taken some of the profits that he’s made and donated them to groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and the National Christian Foundation. All three of those groups have been known to campaign against LGBTQ rights, UPROXX points out. For example, the Family Research Council (one of the groups that Anschutz supports) describes itself as a “Pro-Marriage and Pro-Life” organization. Their website shows that it is anti-gay rights, anti-transgender rights, and anti-abortion.
Billboard identified his financial support of organizations with aggressive anti-LGBT agendas, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Christian Foundation, and the Family Research Council.
Anschutz’s right-wing ideologies are nothing new; Politico ran an article about his “conservative agenda” back in 2009. A former employee of The Washington Examiner explains that when Anschutz started the paper in 2005, he gave instructions that the editorial page should be “nothing but conservative columns and conservative op-ed writers.” Additionally, Anschutz — who also happens to be an oil and gas billionaire — is a “financier of climate science denial groups,” according to Greenpeace.
According to the Washington Post here are the Anti-LGBT enemies of equality:
Take a good look look at all these people, and research their companies to make sure you aren’t inadvertently supporting companies that are against your views.