With the legendary American festival Coachella currently underway, social media and the internet are full of photos and updates.
This year’s festival is expected to be a big one with hundreds of acts and top headliners such as Beyoncé, Eminem, Cardi B, The Weekend, Vance Joy and many more.
Beyoncé is the first black woman and only the third female solo act after Björk and Lady Gaga to ever headline the festival
However due to the extortionate cost and demand of the festival, many were unable to attend.
“Celebrities such as model and actress Cara Delavigne have been using #Nochella to show their anger over the festival’s owner Phillip Anschutz.”
Many people are posting photos of themselves staying at home or hosting parties with the hashtag #Nochella.
The tag has been used well over 65,000 times on Instagram alone.
However, the tag has not just been used as a fun way for people to show their disappointment. Celebrities such as model and actress Cara Delavigne have been using #Nochella to show their anger over the festival’s owner Phillip Anschutz.
Reports have surfaced tying the 78 year old billionaire Phillip Anschutz to many conservative organisations. He has been found giving financial support to organizations with aggressive anti-LGBT agendas, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Christian Foundation, and the Family Research Council.
However, this news isn’t new. Last year, Anschutz issued a rare public statement saying, “Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news — it is all garbage,” the statement reads. “I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of companies, all of whom are important to us — the only criteria on which they are judged is the quality of their job performance; we do not tolerate discrimination in any form. Both The Anschutz Foundation and I contribute to numerous organizations that pursue a wide range of causes,” the statement continues. “Neither I nor the Foundation fund any organization with the purpose or expectation that it would finance anti-LGBTQ initiatives, and when it has come to my attention or the attention of The Anschutz Foundation that certain organizations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes, we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups.”
Cara Delavigne, an activist for the LGBT+ community, publically refused to attend the festival. However, many fans were left confused after she posted a picture praising Beyoncé, the festival’s main headliner. She defended herself on her Instagram story saying, ‘Some people are commenting on the fact that I posted about my anger towards the owner of Coachella and then about Beyoncé. My hashtag was #Nochella, I still refuse to go to a festival that is owned by someone who is anti-LGBT and pro-gun. I am allowed to shame that man and the festival and show my appreciation of an artist at the same time. Just because I love Beyoncé doesn’t mean I now love Coachella. I still wouldn’t go. And I will let nothing get in the way of me showing my love or hate for something. Don’t let anyone come between you and your truth.’