Coachella Is Canceled, but the Memes Are Just Getting Started

Coachella has been officially canceled. Lots of people have lots of different feelings about that.

Robin Zlotnick - Author

Jun. 10 2020, Updated 3:13 p.m. ET

It's time to take off your wide-brimmed hat, untangle your many pieces of body jewelry, and put the cap back on that glittery eyeshadow. Coachella has officially been canceled. The music festival was originally rescheduled for October 2020, but Billboard reports that the pandemic means festivals and live music events are out of the question, at least until 2021. 

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This year's performers were going to include Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, and more, and many, understandably, are disappointed that they don't be able to see their faves. Others, on the other hand, have been quick to make jokes about the festival's demise. Let's just say the Coachella cancelation memes are here and they are hilarious. 

I've never been to Coachella, but I do live in L.A., and when I say Coachella weekend was like Christmas in L.A., I mean it. Rich, white women trekked out to the desert, and the rest of us could roam free. The brunch places had no wait, the roads were untrafficked, the beaches empty, and the Instagram wall murals unphotographed. It was amazing. Obviously, that will be different this year, as all of us, usual Coachella attendees and others, will be stuck at home.

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It seems that Frank Ocean has a habit of canceling headlining sets, so many think he's probably over the moon that he doesn't have to perform at Coachella this year. And Frank, I can't say I blame ya. I'd want to stay home, too.

This news clip of the little kid starting to cry while being interviewed will never get old. Sorry. When this kid is 80 years old and has lived a full life, this clip will still regularly be used in memes. I'm sure of it.

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Some are genuinely bummed that Coachella is canceled this year! Maybe it's the first time they were actually going to go. This lineup of musicians was a special one for a lot of people, and it sucks that they won't be able to experience it!

On the other hand, some are happy it's canceled because they were jealous of everyone who was actually going. It's not the most mature feeling to have, to be happy that now no one can see those artists perform, but I understand the sentiment.

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Without a music festival to wear their ridiculous, often culturally appropriative outfits to, this person thinks would-be Coachella attendees will then take their outfits to the streets to protest for Black Lives Matter. Some point out that this already seems to be happening.

They might not speak up about Black Lives Matter, they may not make a stink about police brutality or systemic racism, but they are going to cry loudly and publicly when their music festival gets canceled. These are the people you should unfollow on social media right now.

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Some people have been planning their Coachella weekend for months, gathering outfits and making big plans. It's OK, though, it's not like they look clownish now or anything.

Ahem. This is amazing. Top Democrats performatively kneeling while wearing kente stoles is not unlike the inappropriateness of many Coachella attendees' outfits. Read more about the political stunt in this critical piece from Doreen St. Félix.

Tim Dillon's sarcastic Coachella rant is *chef's kiss.* "It's literally our only chance to end racism." LOL. My suggestion to anyone who was planning to wear a headdress to Coachella this year: Stay home and read a book instead. May I suggest A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn?

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