Mariah Carey’s performance for Angolan president draws criticism

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Mariah Carey performs at the 81st Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Pre-Tape at Rockefeller Center on December 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

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Mariah Carey is under fire after performing for Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the president of Angola.

Mariah Carey is under fire from human rights activists after performing a concert for Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Dos Santos, who has been leader of the country since 1979, allegedly ordered the deaths of journalists and activists who protested his rule.

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The Human Rights Foundation accuses the diva of taking blood money for her performance.

“Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $ 1 million this time,” the group’s president Thor Halvorssen said in a press statement.

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The diva has performed for controversial political figures before. In 2008, Carey played for dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Carey later apologized for that gig, telling reporters “I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess.”


Music & Arts – NY Daily News

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