There have been more than a few newsworthy moments at Coachella during the last week – none more spectacular than Beyoncé’s epic 2-hour set where she not only claimed the title as the first woman of colour to headline the festival, but reunited one of the best girl bands of all time, Destiny’s Child.
One of Beyoncé’s many fans just happens to be British model, Cara Delevigne, who like most of us, posted about her love of the performance and admiration of Queen Bee.
Delevigne boycotted the festival itself, but caught the headlining performance on television.
She was clearly blown away by Beyoncé’s extraordinary, undeniable, and immense talent.
But just minutes after posting about Beyoncé and her incredible feat, Delevigne was called out by fans who trolled her for being a ‘hypocrite’.
It seems they weren’t happy that the famous model dared criticize the festival but then publicly commended Bae’s performance.
Delevigne took to Instagram stories make it very clear that she could indeed protest Coachella while still praising Beyoncé – saying the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
The note read:
“Some people are commenting on the fact that i posted about my anger towards the owner of coachella and then about beyonce,” she wrote. “I still refuse to go to a festival that is owned by someone who is anti lgbt and pro gun. I am able to shame that man and the festival and show my appreciation of an artist at the same time. Just because i love beyonce 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.”
You tell ‘em girl!
Last weekend, Delevigne, voiced her decision to boycott the annual funfest in light of the political views held by Philip Anschutz – the founder and owner of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), who is the corporate parent of Coachella.
Last year it was revealed by The Washington Post that Anschutz and his private family foundation donated money to conservative institutions with anti-LGBT agendas.
The news did not go down well, but nevertheless, Coachella continued to be the festival of dreams for music lovers throughout the world – and some of the biggest acts in the universe.
It’s extremely scary to think that some of – or most of the money made at Coachella could potentially be going to far-right, anti-LGBT and pro-gun advocates.
We need more public figures like Delevigne that aren’t scared to tell the truth and stand by their opinions when they’re required to defend themselves.
Delevigne deserves to be commended for her posts, not bullied by people who would rather waste time trying to shame her than shame the head of a huge company that donated money to institutions such as the Family Research Council – who are an extremist group that believe “homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed.”
Sort your priorities out, people.