Just the other day, we talked on the recently revealed headliners for Coachella 2017, which are Beyonce, Radiohead and Lamar.
In the wake of the lineup being revealed, the man who runs Coachella’s parent company AEG has had some serious accusations leveled against him. He is being accused of funding anti-LGBT groups and anti-climate change groups.
As reported by the Washington Post, the group Freedom for All Americans found that the AEG owner Phillip Anschutz has actively funded the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and the National Christian Foundation. All of these groups are known to lobby and campaign against LGBT rights.
Also, if you take a look at the website for the Family Research Council, you will see many policies there that are anti-gay rights, anti-transgender rights, and anti-abortion.
ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii spoke on these serious accusations against the Coachella owner: “Phil Anschutz’s extensive influence in Colorado politics has been known for years, but the degree of his support for anti-LGBTQ groups that fund extremist hate groups like Gordon Kligenschmitt’s ‘Pray in Jesus Name’ is shocking.”
“At a time in American history when discrimination and violence against LGBTQ citizens is on the rise, support for pro-discrimination groups puts Anschutz on the wrong side of Colorado, and on the wrong side of history.”
Anschutz was also described by Greenpeace as a “financier of climate science denial groups.”
The report from Freedom for All Americans reads: “Phil Anschutz is one of the richest people in America, with an estimated fortune of over $10 billion, and is listed at #42 on Forbes’ U.S. Billionaires list as of May 17, 2016.”
“His entertainment company, AEG, is the world’s largest owner of sports teams and venues, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, the Staples Center, and O2 Arena. In addition, Anschutz owns The Weekly Standard, the Washington Examiner, and Regal Cinemas. He’s also one of the largest landowners in the country.”
“Anschutz Foundation gave $110,000 to Alliance Defending Freedom between 2011 and 2013. Anschutz Foundation gave $50,000 to National Christian Foundation between 2011 and 2013. Anschutz Foundation gave $30,000 to Family Research Council between 2010 and 2013.”
There has yet to be any response on these reports from Anschutz, Coachella or the AEG itself. If these accusations hold true, then it could have serious ramifications for Coachella. If indeed Anschutz has funded anti-LGBT groups, hopefully we will see Beyonce and the other headliners pull out of the festival.
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