Mariah Carey became the latest pop star revealed to have unknowingly received fees for performing for Libyan dictator, Colonel Gadhafi. Some of the performances date back years. Stars such as Beyonce and Nelly Furtado have now donated their fees to charity. Mariah hasn’t done that, but she has apologized and promised to learn a lesson from this.
Mariah Carey says she had no idea she was booked to perform a concert linked to Gadhafi’s clan and is embarrassed “to have participated in this mess.”
Before Carey, several entertainers donated the large fees they received to charity, when they were made aware of the link to Moammar Gadhafi. He is now faced with a country staging an open uprising against him faced a possible war crimes trial.
Earlier this week, Canadian singer Nelly Furtado donated her $1 million fee to charity. On March 2, 2011, Beyonce also donated her fee for a 2009 New Year’s Eve performance in St. Bart’s to the Haiti earthquake appeal when she found out how her concert was linked to Gadhafi.
All the dubious performances took place on St. Bart’s. In 2008, Mariah Carey unwittingly performed for the Gadhafi family. However, her management stress she has “donated millions throughout the years”. Instead of directly donating her St. Bart’s fee, she has pledged to donate her royalties for “Save the Day”, a song she wrote for her next album, to a human rights charity. However, with Carey pregnant with twins, don’t expect to hear the song anytime soon.
“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,” Carey said.
True. So will Mariah Carey fans be happy with that response? Would you support the stars hanging onto their fees when, as they say, they had no idea their concerts were linked to a dictator?