This is something new: artists actually bragging about giving money back!
Pop diva Mariah Carey, who recently came under fire for accepting “blood” money for her private performances for Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi, is the latest musical figure to speak out against Gadhafi and his tyrannial ways.
The R&B songstress states that she was unaware that her performance fee was being provided by the Libyan dictator, and is embarrassed to be linked to him.
“I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess,” the pregnant songbird said in a statement to AP. “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.”
The mother- to-be sang for the ruthless Gadhafi family back in 2008 in St. Barts for an undisclosed sum.
Carey’s representative went on to assert that in order to make up for her performance at the dictator funded show, Mariah will be donating all the royalties earned from her upcoming song “Save the Day” to charities to create awareness for human rights issues.
“Mariah has and continues to donate her time, money, and countless hours of personal service to many organizations both here and abroad,” said her publicist Cindi Berger.
Yesterday afternoon, Beyoncé revealed that she had already donated the ill gotten gains from her private performance for Gadhafi to charity, while Nelly Furtado pledged to donate her paycheck earlier this week.