There’s something rotten at the heart of Coachella, and the values it appears to represent don’t exactly line up with its owner’s practices.
According to recent reports, the festival’s owner, Philip Anschutz, has a history of funding anti-LGBTQ groups and climate denial strategy, in addition to having a record of anti-environmental scandals.
Anschutz has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-gay organizations, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Christian Foundation and the Family Research Council.
These groups, according to the Washington Post, are “aggressively working to chip away at the equal rights of LGBTQ Americans."
Greenpeace has also specifically named Anschutz as a major financer of climate denial groups, alongside fossil fuel billionaires the Koch Brothers. Read more