Monday, March 07, 2011

I Ain't Gonna Play Sun City

One of the advantages of getting older is recalling how things used to be different. In the 1980s, the United Nations used to keep a register of performers who had performed in South Africa. There were more than a few and they were roundly condemned for it -- Ray Charles, Linda Rondstadt, the Kinks, just to name a few I remember.

While I don't put much stock in boycotts, I can understand why these folks were excoriated. There is no possible brief for apartheid. Now, in 2011, we are learning that entertainers weren't so shy about performing for a monster on the other side of the African continent:

What a relief that Nelly Furtado has decided to give away the $1-million fee she received for performing for the loathsome Gadhafi clan. Now that blood is running in the streets of Tripoli, other entertainers are rushing to follow her example. Mariah Carey says she feels “horrible and embarrassed” by her New Year’s Eve performance for the Gadhafis three years ago, and although she has refused to donate her rumoured $1-million fee to charity, she’s promising to give away the proceeds from a new single to human rights. “I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for,” she explained.

Entertainers are one thing. Others who should know better took Gadhafi's money, too. There's a lot more at the link and you should read it all.


Bike Bubba said...

Furtado played for Gaddhafi? This is as good as the "booty call" for the House of Saud right after 9/11. Remember that one? Last stop for the Saudi royal plane was on the east coast to drop of a bevy of beauties in tight tops and Daisy Duke shorts.

So much for appealing to Muslim morality, I guess....

CousinDan 54915 said...

I heard the Fleebagger 14 Comedy Troupe are actually in Tripoli and not Rockford.

Mr. D said...

I heard the Fleebagger 14 Comedy Troupe are actually in Tripoli and not Rockford.

At this point, they probably aren't too choosy regarding their benefactors, Dan.

Gino said...

"They should donate their blood money to genuine human rights, and apologize to the Libyan people."

being an intellectual means never having to take responsibility for what you were thinking.