Coachella Owner Still Donating To Anti-LGBT Groups

The New York Daily News reports:

Coachella co-owner Philip Anschutz has once again come under scrutiny for bankrolling right-wing, anti-LGBTQ organizations at odds with the progressively minded music festival.

A new tax filing shows The Anschutz Foundation donated at least $325,000 between Dec. 2015 and Nov. 2016 to organizations with an explicit anti-LGBTQ mission, which was first reported by Pitchfork.

Anschutz’s history of contributing to anti-LGBTQ organizations prompted criticism in January 2017, when tax filings confirmed an earlier report that Anschutz’s foundation gave $190,000 to anti-LGBTQ groups between 2010 and 2013.  The billionaire businessman denied claims he was anti-LGBTQ as “fake news” and “garbage.”

The latest report shows no further donations to the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom. See the full Pitchfork report. Anschutz is worth an estimated $12.5 billion.

  • And people are critical of me eating Chick-fil-a everyday. *eyeroll*

    • Chef Philips

      Well, yes, if you do

    • Do Something Nice

      Gee, we can boycott Chick-fil-a and Coachella.

      But don’t let doing something about your rights get in the way of your habit. Just let others do the work for you and don’t forget to be critical of them while you do nothing.

      Eyeroll indeed.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        I wish this were just an isolated example, but I know far too many LGBTQ people who take some kind of perverse delight in patronizing corporations run by bigots, especially when they involve shitty food — e.g., Chick-fil-a, Cracker Barrel, Papa John’s, etc.

        • pch1013

          Yes, I know a few snotty queens who delight in posting vacation pics from St. Petersburg (the one in Russia) and other ultra-homophobic destinations, because they think it’ll “trigger” people.

          • Gee

            Like the other one is any better

        • Ninja0980

          Yup, if they think it gets the libtard LGBT folks mad, they’ll do it.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Ah yes, someone else whom I already blocked.

      • greenmanTN

        I actually DO like Chik-Fil-A sandwiches. Yeah, it’s fast food but they are (or were) pretty good.

        Want to know how long since I had one? I’d say ten years at least, because I don’t give money to companies that would deny my rights or donate to those who do.

        So I looked up a copycat recipe which is, so far as I remember, pretty damn close.

        When I was living in Asheville a Chik-Fil-A opened up next to the grocery store I used. For their opening they had games, etc and there was an area set up for a bag-toss game with CORNHOLE (the name of the game) written large across both targets. I *really* wanted to stop and get a photo of myself and my then partner Cornholing at the Chik-Fil-A, but never did. I regret it now.

        (Your cornhole plans may differ.)

        • ScubaBearLA

          Extra kudos for the “Regulation size tops, folding and rigid”

        • Do Something Nice


    • Publius

      Everyday? May God have mercy on your arteries.

    • Tread

      Fuck off, troll.

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        • Judas Peckerwood

          You forgot to upvote yourself again.

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    • BlueberriesForMe

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    • Lumpy Gaga

      LOL you go, girl!

  • Publius

    I want to say, “well okay then, I’m not going to Coachella.” But really, I’m not going to Coachella anyway, because I’m not about to spend a grand to fuck around in the middle of the California desert, dropping acid with a bunch of people getting white girl wasted.

  • Chef Philips

    Good work and thanks for posting!

  • Nic Peterson

    Anyone that uses the term ‘fake news’ is immediately guilty of being full of bullshit.

    • prixator

      Argh! I have come to truly detest that phrase. It is rarely ever used for what it obviously describes.

      My hope is that it gets used incorrectly so much and so often that the commonly understood meaning of it is “information that is true but I don’t like it”.

  • alc2018

    that which challenges you, makes you stronger….his hate money only furthers the cause to go that much deeper and stronger against him and his kind. Love is love and he’s gonna feel it triple time!
    That hate thing, just doesn’t work, its been tried and all the haters died…

  • another_steve

    Ohmigod I really need to be euthanized.

    I didn’t even know what “Coachella” was, before reading the article. :-/

    • Really it isn’t that great. Just a bunch of cis white people getting together outdoors in Native American garb. Spending an entire weekend outside? No thanks!

      • Tread

        Guys, don’t bother with this asshole. It’s Beth 2.0.

      • The_Wretched

        Hi Beth, still wearing other people?

    • I thought it was a line of expensive young ladies leather purses. Coach leather is for macho guys and ladies over 30, and coachella is for younger chics. I really did.

      • another_steve

        I thought it was the name of a drag artist.

      • The_Wretched

        I thought it was a euphemism for a lady’s purse.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Are music festivals even still a thing? Suffocating crowds, crappy sound, weather issues, sucky and expensive food and drink — thank you, no.

    • Treant

      Exactly. I wouldn’t go, not even for the promise of bad, sloppy sex behind a bleacher somewhere.

      But if I would, I now wouldn’t.

    • Todd20036

      My issue would be the lack of flushing toilets.
      I’m funny that way, I guess.

      • pch1013

        heh. You would hate AIDS LifeCycle, then. (Week-long bicycle fundraising event – and most people stay in tents and rely on portapotties.)

      • My boyfriend in London once dragged me to a music festival called “Creamfields” that he won two VIP tickets for. It was held in the mud in some farm fields (it was raining) over two days. It was attended by kids who were fried out of their minds on ecstasy or whatever they could lay their hands on dancing to blaring euro-techno music having the time of their lives. We broke up the next week because I did not know how to have “fun”. I said I am out of here after two hours. I am serious. See this video– you need to.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Hipsters love that stuff. They love waiting hours in line at crappy restaurants too.

    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      Perhaps some. But as an aging festival fan who remembers the old days well, I’ve got yunngins in my family who go to these events today. Check out the websites. WAAAY more cushy than the US Festival days. Seriously. Hotel package deals with meals included. VIP passes for preferred seating and various perks and privileges. They’re nothing like when I would attend.

  • pch1013

    I doubt it’ll make one bit of difference to most attendees – even LGBTQ ones.

    • pch1013

      … an opinion that was just confirmed when an FB friend who (I thought) is an ultra-progressive neo-hippie type made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that he doesn’t give a shit about Anschutz’ support of anti-gay groups.

  • William

    How many pussies has Herr Anschutz grabbed?

  • JWC

    Just an old prick shouting at clouds Boycott Coachella

    • LeeCMH

      Or go there in droves and loud dress,but don’t buy anything.

      • JWC

        hehe not even my cuppa

  • Lumpy Gaga


    He’s switched from obvious glaring objects such as ADF and FRC to “Word Salad” foundations, where the devil is deep in the details, and not necessarily in the mission statement.

    Slime. Patronizing Coachella is not a crisis for me, but it seems he owns/part-owns AEG? Ick. Harder to avoid, but I’ll stay vigilant. $69mil in 2016 contributions alone is just too fucking much to make excuses for giving this slimeball another dime.

    I’m sure he’ll continue to print money for years to come. He’s in one of the world’s oldest professions.

  • Lumpy Gaga
  • MDixon34

    Only the performers can make a difference by refusing to play.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    What do you get when you cross a Roach with Salmonella – Coachella

  • DaveMiller135

    Well, I’m still not going to Coachella, so I guess it’s even.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Coachella is still a thing? M’eh.

  • R W C

    We can do without both Coachella and Philip Anschutz.

  • Sean Taylor

    careful where you spend your money

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I live right by Coachella, but personally, I’d rather see it get boycotted and maybe another place pick up a major festival (maybe around Portland or Seattle?) than see Anschutz make money off of it.