Beyoncé, Mariah, and Usher Take Heat for Gaddafi Performances
Matt | On 24, Feb 2011
It all started with a tweet from Anderson Cooper, host of CNN’s AC360, about the situation in Libya with dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Then the floodgates opened with attacks from their fans.
Cooper is referring to the singers Beyoncé and Mariah Carey and this long, roundabout ass line he has drawn between them and the ongoing unrest in Libya. They were both paid by the Gaddafi family to perform for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the dictator’s son, a few years ago.
During the ensuing broadcast, Cooper also called out Lionel Richie and Usher for their performances too. Major political names including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and former President George W. Bush were cited for their kind gestures to the Gaddafi regime in recent years. The AC360 team provided B-roll footage to back up their claims.
Cooper, however, made it seem like Beyoncé (see video), Mariah, and the others offered these performances in the past month since the bloodshed has happened. That is not true. Their paid performances were well over a year ago. On the other hand, I would hold Bush, Clinton, and Rice far more accountable for their associations to Gaddafi than these entertainers.
Is Muammar Gaddafi a brutal dictator? Of course…
Do Beyoncé, Mariah, Usher, or Lionel Richie have blood on their hands because of their performances for his family? No.
Some people have performed and worked for the Bush family. Yet, in some circles, George W. Bush is considered to be war criminal. Does that make them accessories to murder or war as well? I don’t think so.
I understand “in depth” reporting and working a massive story like the Libyan uprising from every angle possible. But, the Beyoncé angle? Really? That low blow shows that “in-depth reporting” is about as shallow as a kiddie pool sometimes.
In American culture, why do we love to make EVERY SINGLE WORLD EVENT somehow and in some way about our celebrities???