Mariah Carey works hard for her money. She shows up places, decked out in multiple layers of sausage casing, and reminds us that she is the best singer ever by totally over-singing simple songs with excessive runs and tea kettle notes.
Because she has so much on her plate already, Carey doesn’t need to be concerned with knowing anything about what or who she is performing for. Thinking and research is what her agent publicist and manager are for. So when Mariah performs for dictators and accepts blood money, it’s so not her own fault.
Mimi is too famous to lower herself by Googling.
Only a few years ago, Mariah Carey came under fire for performing for evil son of a bitch, Muammar Gaddafi. After everyone lost their shit and told Carey how horrible she was to do that, Mariah came out apologizing up the wazoo.
“I was naïve and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. 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.”
How anyone who didn’t live under a rock not know who Gaddafi was, ya got me. Obviously that little nugget of wisdom Mariah claimed to have gained didn’t last too long, because here we are again.
This time, Mariah Carey went and performed for Angola’s president at an event for Angolan Red Cross. I know, at first glance you see “Red Cross” and think that this must be an event for a good cause, but then there is the little matter of it being in Angola. Their president, President José Eduardo dos Santos, has been called out by the Human Rights Foundation for being a cold blooded dictator who violates the rights of anyone who disagrees with his reign.
His people are for the most part extremely poor, living on less money a day than what it costs for a McDonald’ #2, while dos Santos lives like a king. He also will kill anyone who speaks out against him, including politicians, journalists, and activists. All in all, not what we’d call a pleasant guy. I’d certainly not want to split some Red Mango with the dude.
The Human Rights Foundation released this statement about the incident-
Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million this time. 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.”
Mariah was allegedly paid a million bucks, which for us sounds like a shit ton of money, but for someone as rich as Carey is just a drop in the bucket. Carey is certainly not hurting for cash, so it’s not like she did this to pay the bills, even if her Spanx budget has gotten a little inflated.
What makes this even more terrible, is that the fundraiser only raised $65,000. Let’s do a little math here kids. If you pay $1,000,000 plus fuels and all you manage to bring in is less than 10% of that, do you know what we end up? A terrible fucking decision done that feels as if it was made by Bernie Madoff.
I don’t know how Mariah plans to try and spin this one to absolve herself from guilt, considering there was a ton of publicity before the event, and while there Carey said, “I am happy to be here in this room and I am honored to share this show with the President of Angola.” But then again, I am sure she will play up the “Oops, I had NO idea he was a bad guy!” card again, although I think that sort of Get Out Of Jail Free card is a one use per lifetime sort of thing, but whatever.
Enjoy your new Hello Kitty push up bra bought with blood money, Mimi. Merry Christmas.
I hope Mariah