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.
Okay, so Beyoncé is an undeniable force. 20 years in the game and still fresh and captivating. Brilliant. #Beychella— B. Jacobs (@B. Jacobs) 1523794236
Like, really, really, head-over-heels obsessing over the experience history will now remember as #Beychella.
Was last night a dream? I’m still unable to deal. #Beychella https://t.co/IJd0y0QfFj— Tonio ♕ (@Tonio ♕) 1523796767
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."
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
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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."
Here why #CaraDelevingne will no longer attends Coachella Festival. https://t.co/wyWVVjWJgI— CARAUPDATES (@CARAUPDATES) 1523817672
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."