Stars asked to donate money made from dictator

People in the music industry are asking celebrities such as Beyoncé and Mariah Carey to donate money they made from performing for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and his family in light of the current bloodshed in Libya. Besides Beyoncé and Mariah, stars such as 50 Cent, Usher, and Canadian singer Nelly Furtado have headlined lavish parties thrown by Gaddafi’s son Muatassim. Carey was reportedly paid $1 million for singing at a 2008 New Year’s Eve party in St. Barts. Furtado also made $1 million performing for the dictator’s family. The media and musical reps are suggesting that the stars should donate whatever they made from the dictator to charity in an effort to protect their reputations from being tarnished by the blood money. Furtado is the first to offer to donate her take, tweeting on Tuesday: “In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $.”

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  1. nobody important • March 3, 2011 @ 12:13 AM

    I can’t wait for the excuses to start rolling-in from these celebs.

  2. L1feless • March 3, 2011 @ 10:28 AM

    “But my babies wing in my home needs to keep up to date”- Mariah

  3. bubbles • March 5, 2011 @ 2:51 PM

    kind of BS IMO.. why not ask the US government to donate all the money they made of past dealings with Libya, or maybe the oil companies to donate the profits from the recent gas price hikes?

    These celebs were getting paid to do their job, why should they have to donate the money? This could have been approached must nicer, by sending out a plea for donations without focusing on people that performed in the country.

    Now these celebs are getting put on the spot to respond when really it should be their choice what they donate and to what cause.

  4. anonymous2 • March 5, 2011 @ 4:03 PM

    Celebrities shouldn’t have to give back their money.They knew Libya had a dictator as a leader.What’s the difference now.

  5. Kathleen • March 6, 2011 @ 9:40 PM

    Yeh, I feel that it kind of sucks for them, but it would be a decent and Generous thing for them to do–at least offer some of their “take” to support our Troops overseas,or some other worldly cause! It’s not like they’re not rolling in millions as it is! The fact that they performed for so-oo-oo much money in the first place, makes it look like they were just being “bought off” in the first place! I’m disgusted that Mariah would perform for that “CREEP”!!! He is a Mad-man!

  6. a • March 7, 2011 @ 7:00 PM

    well the US had a dictator for a president so whats the difference?

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