Cara Delevingne loved Beyoncé's set — but 'still wouldn't go' to Coachella. Here's why.

So. There's this musical artist named Beyoncé. (Maybe you've heard of her?) And she just changed everything.

OK, changed everything might be dramatic. But she did make history.

Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella.


Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline Coachella — a massive, two-weekend musical festival in the dusty, dry desert of Indio, California.

And people were loving her nearly two-hour set.

Like, really, really, head-over-heels obsessing over the experience history will now remember as #Beychella.

One big fan of Beyoncé's next-level performance was Cara Delevingne.

Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images.

On Instagram, the actress and model posted an image from #Beychella and expressed how moved she'd been by the powerful performance.

"I am speechless," she wrote. "That performance made me burst into tears and sent shivers down my spine."

But fans were quick to note, however, that Delevingne has lambasted Coachella in the past, as Billboard reported.

The actress previously made clear she would never be supporting Coachella after word began spreading in 2016 that Philip Anschutz — whose entertainment group owns the festival — uses his deep pockets to support several anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion rights, and pro-gun advocacy groups and politicians.

Philip Anschutz. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.

Many critics of the music festival have been airing their grievances on social media, using the hashtag #NoChella to voice their concerns over Anschutz's politics.

Delevingne, who identifies as bisexual, has been a vocal advocate against the music festival. But clearly, her Instagram post celebrated Beyoncé's big night, directing her 41 million followers to the bright stage lights of Indio.

Was Delevingne being hypocritical?

In a statement posted to her Instagram story, Delevingne fiercely defended her praise of Beyoncé while continuing to condemn Anschutz:

"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."

Delevingne's nuanced response nailed why feelings aren't mutually exclusive things.  

She can appreciate an artist who championed Historically Black Colleges, made actual history, and basically ran the world in an almost two-hour on-stage extravaganza, while also despising the very same festival stage that artist performed on.

She's allowed to feel both those things — without also feeling like a hypocrite.

"Just because I love Beyoncé doesn't mean I now love Coachella," Delevingne concluded in her Instagram story. "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."

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Sperm whales are uniquely shaped, with humongous, block-shaped heads that house the largest brains in the animal world. Like other cetaceans, sperm whale babies rely on their mother's milk for sustenance in their first year or two. And also like other cetaceans, a sperm whale mama's nipple is inverted—it doesn't stick out from her body like many mammals, but rather is hidden inside a mammary slit.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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