Mariah Carey Distances Herself From Gaddafi Performance
Matt | On 04, Mar 2011
Pop singer Mariah Carey is the latest entertainer to put her PR team in overdrive after the public questioned an old performance she did for Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi.
As we reported last week, Carey, Beyoncé, and Usher took some heat from the international community for their entertainment stints in recent years for the Gaddafi family. As a result, their publicists started issuing statements as pressure built.
“I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess,” Carey remarked.
“Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows. Ultimately, we as artists are to be held accountable,” she added.
Carey did not, however, offer an exact accounting of how she spent the money she earned from the Gaddafi performance. Her publicist, Cindi Berger, would not provide the exact figure. Berger did remind the media that Carey has been very generous with her money over the years. She has plans for human rights donations in the near future.
Meanwhile, Beyoncé claims to have donated the $1 million she earned from Gaddafi to Haitian relief efforts. Canadian singer Nelly Furtado announced via Twitter that she would donate the $1 million she earned.
As I have said before, the issue is much deeper than celebrities performing for this murderous family. Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, nor your next door neighbor owe us any explanation of how they spent money they earned in private work. It’s disingenuous to attack celebrities while we let elected officials off the hook who have eased sanctions, turned a blind-eye, and continued to buy oil from these killers.
Should Beyoncé, Mariah, Usher, and others be more aware of geopolitical issues before they make performance decisions? Of course! But, I think our entertainment-obsessed culture is always ready to draw a selfish line between every world event and our prized “celebrities.” This is much bigger than Hollywood, people!