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article imageMariah Carey gets easy million to play for Angolan dictator

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Singing star Mariah Carey has made another questionable decision about who she plays for. Carey performed last Sunday in Angola for the dictator of that country, Josè Eduardo dos Santos. She made a rather easy $1,000,000 for the gig.
Carey's agreeing to perform in the capital of Angola, Luanda, for the dictator and Isobel dos Santos, his daughter who runs the family's massive fortune, is similar to her having performed for Libyan dictator, the late Muammar Gaddafi, and members of his family in 2008.
She eventually apologized for playing that gig but hasn't for this one. In fact during her show she told the audience there that she was proud to play for their president. She wasn't the only one to play for the Gaddafi family — Lionel Richie, Beyonce, Jay Z and Usher were among others that did,l but there are no reports of other stars playing for dos Santos.
The standard price that Gaddafi, assassinated in October of 2011, paid was also in the range of $1 million. After the media got a hold of that story some of the performers claimed they gave the Gaddafi money to charity.
Carey played a two-hour fundraiser for the Angolan Red Cross, run by Isobel dos Santos and sponsored by her company, Unitel. There are many unhappy about her trip there.
"Mariah Carey can't seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million this time," Thor Halvorssen, president of Human Rights Watch, wrote in a press release. "Just five years ago she performed for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Now, she goes from private performances to public displays of support and credibility for one of Africa's chief human rights violators and most corrupt tyrants.
"It is the sad spectacle of an international artist purchased by a ruthless police state to entertain and whitewash the father-daughter kleptocracy that has amassed billions in ill-gotten wealth, while the majority of Angola lives on less than $2 a day."
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