While scads of celebrities are on the scene at Coachella this weekend, Cara Delevigne is not among them, and explained via Instagram stories that she was boycotting the festival due to the political views of Philip Anschutz (owner of the parent company that hosts the festival) due to reports the controversial billionaire made financial contributions to conservative political groups with aggressive anti-LGBT agendas.
However, Delevingne left her Instagram followers somewhat confused when she then posted about her awe of Beyonce’s performance at this year’s festival, admitting she was “speechless” after watching a performance “that made me burst into tears and sent shivers down my spine.”
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I am speechless. That performance made me burst into tears and sent shivers down my spine. Especially the Destiny’s child reunion. ICONIC is an understatement. Thank you for inspiring so many and for lifting each other up. #GirlPower @michellewilliams @beyonce @kellyrowland
Her post was met with criticism from fans, who called her out for seemingly flip-flopping over Coachella, first protesting it and then apparently supporting it.
However, Delevingne explained that her opposition to Anschutz and her support of Beyonce should be kept separate.
“I still refuse to go to a festival that is owned by someone who is anti lgbt and pro gun,” she wrote on Instagram stories. “I am able to shame that man and the festival and show my appreciation of an artist at the same time.”
She added: “Just because i love beyonce doesn’t mean i now love coachella. I still wouldn’t go. I 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.”
Following Delevingne’s post, AEG Worldwide (which puts on Coachella) released a statement insisting that the company “whole-heartedly embraces the LGBTQ community.”
The company also released a separate statement from AEG chairman Anschultz, who wrote that he opposes “discrimination and intolerance against the LGBTQ community, adding that he regrets “if any money given to a charity for other purposes may have indirectly worked against those values.”