It’s the week that every music fan oozes over at their screen, counts the money in their penny jar, and weeps into a pillow because they can’t go to Coachella. They (for the first time since Bjork in 2007) finally have a female headliner, so things were looking up for a brief minute.
Philip Anschutz is worth $12 billion and has gained all his wealth through oil, real estate, entertainment and more. He owns NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, stake in the NBA’s Lakers, Staple Center, and AEG Entertainment (which owns Coachella), so safe to say he’s got a lot going for him. You’d hope he would be using his wealth for good, to enact change in a world he has a lot of financial control over. Not so fast.
As reported by The Washington Post and Uproxx, Anschutz is actively funding some awful organizations. This includes Alliance Defending Freedom, National Christian Foundation and Family Research Council. First off, Alliance Defending Freedom “seeks to recover the robust Christendomic theology of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th centuries” and has fought to allow discrimination based on sexual orientation and allowing the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade to exclude LGBTQ groups, according to Think Progress. Family Research Council opposes and lobbies against same-sex marriage, LGBTQ adoption and a whole lot more. We haven’t even gotten to the fact that he’s allegedly meeting with the Koch brothers, who lead the way in funding climate change denial, twice annually. Oh, and Anschutz is also supporting it himself through his foundation.
Maybe time to rethink about that trip to Coachella.
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