Beyoncé, Mariah, Usher criticised for Gaddafi Gigs

February 27, 2011 | Comments 1

Music industry heavyweights have criticised Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Usher for accepting large sums of money to perform at private parties for brutal Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

According to The New York Times, the private parties took place on the Caribbean island of St Barts over the last two years. Mariah was reportedly handpicked by Gaddafi’s son to perform in 2009 and was paid $1m to sing four songs… that’s $250,000 per tune!

A year later the Gaddafi clan held another lavish party on St Barts to ring in the New Year and hired Beyoncé and Usher to entertain them.

Now music industry execs have spoken out against the performers for accepting money from such a violent and oppressive regime. Howie Klein, former boss of Reprise Records, home of Green Day, Oasis and others, wrote in a blog post: “When I saw Beyoncé and whoever else was out partying with these Libyan criminals… these are people who have stolen 10s of billions of dollars from their nation… For very, very wealthy American and British pop stars to take part in this kind of thing makes me want to puke.”

David T Viecelli, agent for Arcade Fire, agreed: “People put a big paycheque on the table, and people don’t consider where the money is coming from, or what they’re at least passively endorsing,” he said. “I don’t want to specifically say Beyoncé or Mariah Carey behaved unethically, because I don’t know all the details.

“But if it’s true that Muammar Gaddafi’s son says, ‘I’ve got $50 million, come and play for my buddies,’ I really think you have to say no to that.”

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