Beyoncé Reportedly Donated Gaddafi Concert Money
Matt | On 02, Mar 2011
Today, I’d like to offer a quick hat tip to Beyoncé’s camp for quick international damage control.
As reported here last week, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, and Usher all came under fire from CNN’s AC360 host Anderson Cooper because of their performances for the Libyan dictator’s family in recent years. Just since the turmoil started in that country, over 1,000 people have been reportedly killed by Gaddafi’s people during government protests.
Falling in line with Nelly Furtado a few days ago, Beyoncé has magically accounted for the $1 million she was paid to perform for the Gaddafi family of Libya on New Year’s Eve 2009.
The pop singer’s publicist told ABC News in a written statement:
“All monies paid to Beyoncé for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach St. Barts on New Year’s Eve 2009, including the commissions paid to her booking agency, were donated to the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, over a year ago.”
Now, some may still have an argument against Ms. Knowles. They could say that unless she is light years ahead of the rest of the free world on international affairs, the $1 million she donated to Haiti relief efforts was not simply because she performed for the Gaddafi family. The tragic Haitian earthquake was just 12 days after her performance.
Fortunately, I am not that person to argue. I don’t care. I think it’s kinda sad that the media has gone after pop stars when our government has all but dropped to its knees with an open mouth on Gaddafi at some points in history.
Honestly, I think Beyoncé just had to say something to buffer the negative criticism from people outside of her fanbase. Yes, she is short $1 million. Is the international community happy now? On Twitter, Furtado said that she will donate all of the money she made from a 2007 performance.
So, how long will it be before Mariah Carey and Usher cave in to the pressure too? lol…