Queer rapper Lizzo performed at Coachella this past weekend, alongside the likes of other LGBTI musicians and allies like Janelle Monáe and Ariana Grande.
Coachella is a world-famous music festival held every April in Indio, California. Thousands of people gather in boho chic outfits (and occasionally oufits appropriating First Nation cultures) for the California sunshine, parties, and musical performances.
However, it’s also been dogged by accusations of being anti-LGBTI for years. These accusations stem from the financial actions of owner Philip Anschutz, who has donated to numerous anti-LGBTI organization. This has led many people to boycott the festival, such as Cara Delevingne.
Lizzo is a rapper who released her first album in 2013. Her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, comes out on Friday (19 April) and is rocketing her to higher levels of fame.
On Tuesday (16 April), she posted a video from one of her performances at Coachella.
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One user, @jacobthebeau, commented on the post. They wrote: ‘so confused why so many people are supporting this event that supports anti-lgbt organizations?!’
Lizzo provided a lengthy response to the question, explaining that performing is an act of activism and ‘disrupting’ the festival’s space.
Here is her full response:
Because Jacob, whether we like it or not most major organizations are run by bigoted millionaires that donate to bigoted organizations..
I realize my activism is to disrupt those spaces and spread my message to thousands of ppl. Y’all may not agree w it and that’s ok. But know that I’m doing what I gotta do to make sure my big black ass voice is heard.
Can’t wait to dismantle the hate that funds this country… but until then, imma be putting big, black, femme, lgbtq+ bodies on stages and telling our stories.
Other ways of calling out the festival’s ownership
More artists also made sure their sets were inclusive and calling out any possible anti-LGBTI sentiments.
Grande became the youngest female artist to headline the festival over the weekend.
She closed out Coachella on Sunday (14 April) night with an epic performance that concluded with epic rainbow pride flag imagery.