(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Facebook)

Is it a case of mistaken identity? Whatever the case is, one’s thing for sure and it’s that what happens in Coachella doesn’t stay in Coachella. We are, of course, talking about this photo of a man snogging another guy at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that is currently making rounds on the internet prompting public outrage. But not for the reasons you think, mind you.

The man in question is allegedly former GOP Congressman Aaron Schock, 37 years old. He was Republican United States Representative for Illinois’ 18th congressional district from 2009 up until 2015 and, according to netizens, “was one of the most homophobic members of the congress.” 

The photo in question is just one among many others that surfaced on the internet. And while some had pointed out that the man was not Aaron Schock or that he did not look like Schock at all, multiple eye-witnesses confirmed that yes, Schock was at Coachella “partying with his gay friends.” Netizens are now calling him out for his consistent record of voting against gay rights, for “restricting the civil rights of the LGBT community” with some labelling him hypocrite. Aaron Schock, they say had, among others:

  • voted against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” 
  • voted against adding ‘sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability’ to the federal hate crimes laws,
  • was anti-marriage equality who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman. DOMA is a “federal law that denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and authorizes states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.” Read more about DOMA here.

Some of the netizens are asking, “Did Aaron Schock come out?” If he did not, it is not their intention they said, to out him, but they make “obvious exception of when they have made it their mission to make lives harder for people in the LGBTQ community.”


Here is what others on Facebook are saying and we quote:

  • So we are going to attack someone who attacks people for same sex relationships over their same sex relationship?… He’s the hypocrite? What the fuck twilight zone did this closet open into?”
  • He has been “out” for years by the look of his Instagram account – he’s born again lol
  • What hypocrisy? Just because he doesn’t subscribe to the Alphabet soup community? Fuck off
  • The guy in these pics looks different

Take a look at what the netizens are saying on Twitter:

What do you think guys? Is the man on the photos really Aaron Schock? And if so, what are your thoughts on the matter? Sound off in the comments section below!

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