Strange bedfellows

Never mind those donations to awful antigay groups, Lady Gaga will headline Coachella anyway

Lady Gaga has just been announced as the Coachella headline replacement for Beyoncé, adding a new layer to the quandary of whether or not the festival owner’s sizable antigay donations should change the way people view the annual desert music extravaganza.

Teen Vogue and Afropunk both reported in January that between 2010 and 2013, Philip Anschutz’s foundation gave a combined $190,000 to Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Christian Foundation, and the Family Research Council, all of which actively work against LGBTQ rights such as same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption.

Related: Coachella owner’s defense is basically “I’m so rich I have no idea where my money is”

During the 2016 election season, Anschutz and his wife donated over a million dollars to Republican and conservative candidates and PACs, reports The Fader. They note that makes them one of the 100 families who donated the most money during this election cycle, according to OpenSecrets.

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Lady Gaga, on the other hand, has been a passionate and outspoken LGBTQ ally throughout her career. In 2009 she gave a speech at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C., calling it “the single most important moment” of her career.

On homophobia in the music industry, she once had this to say:

“I feel that homophobia runs rampant in the music industry, and that artists are allowed to speak openly in a hateful way, in a homophobic way, in a misogynistic way, and the press does not challenge them. And I’m going to be taking a very strong stance against that, and I am an artist who refuses to accept that behavior.”

What’s strange isn’t that Gaga would accept a gig at the festival — boycotting Coachella over the views of one media mogul owner isn’t going to move the needle on LGBTQ causes. We would just hope she’d address the situation with a little humble honesty, making sure her LGBTQ fans know they aren’t getting left in the dust while she helps line Anschutz’s pockets even more.

Related: Thousands asking Beyonce, other headliners to donate Coachella proceeds to pro-LGBTQ causes

Instead, she approached the situation much in the style of the Coachella ticket holder demographic: with a Tweet that said “Let’s party in the desert!” followed by a few cute emojis.

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    She may be able to do more for us on the inside. “Night Manager.”

  • Kris

    I would love for all the artists to boycott due to the owner’s anti gay donations . But … I am here in the Coachella Valley and let me tell you that it would hurt the economy of this area a great deal ! Coachella brings in A LOT of $ to this entire valley … including all the gays with vacation rentals … It’s nearly impossible to find a hotel or vacation rental during Coachella … So he may be an awful person but some good comes from this event in the end … Lets not shoot ourselves in the foot …

    • tgklondon

      So let bigotry be perpetuated in order to maintain an economy – WT?

  • Herman75

    Stuck in the desert with so many morons. no thx

  • Jack Meoff

    Does anyone else think that post surgery Gaga is starting to look like a young Joan Collins?

  • Low Country Boy

    I don’t think anyone can dispute Gaga’s LGBTQ ally credentials. I’m willing to give her a pass on this one because I think she may have something up her sleeve. Let’s see what happens when she gets there and then judge.

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