Music Industry Criticizes Performers for Accepting Money to Perform from Brutal Libyan DictatorPosted: February 25, 2011
If you were a millionaire, possibly a billionaire, would you take a million more, to entertain the family of a brutal dictator and murderer?
In part due to Wikileaks, information recently came out connecting artists such as Beyonce, Usher and Mariah Carey to the brutal Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, through a series of shows and parties for his family and friends. For example, in 2009, Carey recieved $1 million to perform 4 songs for Qaddafi’s four sons during New Years Eve on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.
The following year, Beyonce and Usher each performed on the dictator’s payroll, for undisclosed amounts. The Lybian dictator has been stepping up the brutality as of late, ordering soldiers to open fire on innocent civilian protesters, possibly killing as many as “thousands” according to a UN official.
Recently, prominent members of the music industry have been stepping up and criticizing the artists who performed for Qaddafi and his family in the past. The Rolling Stone’s online article on music industry reactions to the news can be found here.
Beyonce has also been criticized lately for her “blackface” photo shoot for French magazine L’Officiel Paris in a tribute to Nigerian musician Fela Kut.