Coachella 2018 had plenty of distinctly queer moments, including performances from headliners Beyoncé and Ariana Grande. The event even featured a rainbow-lit tower despite the fact that its owner, Philip Anschutz, has had a habit of donating huge sums of money to anti-LGBTQ organizations like the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council. And it's the inherent problem with knowing if it's OK to continue buying tickets to an increasingly queer Coachella when the money has been used against LGBTQ people is, in part, why a deeply queer meme spoofing Coachella on the day the festival announced its 2019 lineup is the perfect counter to the event.
The carefully crafted faux Coachella poster that had queer women (and men too) commenting and sharing in droves is the brainchild of Jill Gutowitz, a writer who's contributed to Glamour, Into, and Them. to name a few.
“Wait. WTF, should I go to Coachella this year?” Gutowitz wrote to introduce her dream lineup of random but pristinely curated pop culture moments.
Gutowitz managed to sneak just about every pop culture event queer women obsessed about in 2018 (and some that are evergreen) into her imaginary Coachella lineup, which features such far-flung headliners as Ariana Grande, Cate Blanchett, and Blake Lively’s Suits (from A Simple Favor).
Hours after she tweeted out the flyer that also lists "Villanelle" (the bisexual assassin from Killing Eve), "Frances McDormand’s Oscar," "the glove from Carol," and "Rachel Weisz’s spit" (from the sex scene in Disobedience), the meme had garnered 25,000 likes, 6,200 retweets. and several hundred lively comments. Social media users also began sharing it on Instagram and Facebook.
wait wtf should i go to coachella this year pic.twitter.com/GjQMdDoKI0
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) January 3, 2019
Actual Coachella attendees in 2019 will be privy to performances from acts like Beyoncé, the Weeknd, Eminem, Haim, St. Vincent, David Byrne, and War on Drugs. But lesbian and bisexual women who can’t decide if they preferred Weisz’s 2018 queer performance in Disobedience or in The Favourite — or would rather not to have to choose — will always have the faux Coachella meme that has just about something for everyone from the year that queer pop star Hayley Kiyoko dubbed “20gayteen.”
Something tells me "Men Apologizing" will bail via Instagram post on April 12
— amelia! (@amelianewburg) January 3, 2019
This whole thing has me dying but “Bent Neck Lady” really sent me over the edge for some reason
— Taylor Gates (@Elphaba_Anne) January 3, 2019
If "Cate Blanchett" means Cate Blanchett is shorthand for "Cate Blanchett in a suit", I'm there.
— Jude Pude (@Muserician) January 3, 2019
Rachel Weisz’s spit
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) January 3, 2019
"what do you do on Saturdays?" "Me? Oh usually nothing in particular, but this Saturday I'm gonna watch Cate Blanchett on Coachella!" "Invite me around"
— where'd you go, camile (@cateblanchett_0) January 3, 2019
Congrats on winning the award for Gayest Tweet of 2019
— Eli (@anacletadunham) January 3, 2019
Only thing missing is Olivia Colman repeatedly saying "I like it when she puts her tongue inside me"
— Marīīta (@mdelrom) January 3, 2019
— Kimberly Eaton (@tweetdeguerre) January 3, 2019
Literally gonna be the only watching Willa Ford’s set
— Molly Tarlov (@mollytarlov) January 3, 2019