Reports: Mariah Carey Paid $1M to Perform for African Dictator
Mariah Carey is under fire amid reports that she was paid $1 million last weekend to perform for Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who has been labeled a dictator by human rights groups.
Dos Santos is accused of ordering executions of his political opponents and journalists and exploiting the impoverished country's resources.
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“Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million this time," said the Human Rights Foundation's Thor Halvorssen, according to Reuters.
"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,” he continued.
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Angola's state news agency reported that the concert raised $65,000 for the Red Cross.
Carey came under fire in 2009 for performing for Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi, and later expressed regret about the decision.
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