Classy move Mimi!
On Sunday, Mariah Carey gave a two-hour concert for authoritarian Angolan President Josè Eduardo Dos Santos for a whopping $1 million.
And while the songstress' glittering time not on the stage may have delighted the dictator's friends and family -- it appears to have angered a bevy of human rights group -- as well as anyone with good taste.
Dos Santos' critics have accused the dictator of murdering politicians, journalists and anyone else who has defied his orders or challenged his rule. Super cool! The dictator has also allegedly both monopolized and exploited oil and diamond resources and seized control of almost all aspects of Angola's government. Also super cool!
We are so glad that Mariah even took the time out of her busy schedule to pose with pics with that teddy bear of man!
The Mariah concert was sponsored by a mobile-phone company called Unitel which is owned by Dos Santos' daughter, Isabel, who is also the head of the Angolan Red Cross. It's reported that the Red Cross only received $65,000 in charity from the concert -- despite its hefty payout to the "Fantasy" singer. Super duper cool! Looks like Mimi is living in her own fantasy -- one in which performing for a controversial dictator is okay.
Thor Halvorssen, who is the president of the Human Rights Foundation, said "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." Truth, Thor, truth.
You'd think the 43-year-old songstress would be more careful about who she performed for since she came under fire five years ago after performing for notorious dictator Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, who was subsequently killed during the Arab Spring uprising in 2011. After there was public outcry following her performance for al-Gaddafi, Mariah did apologize for her concert
Thor also commented, "Mariah Carey can't seem to get enough dictator cash. Just five years ago she performed for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar al-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."
Hey Mariah, anytime you want to apologize for this new ignorant move -- we are waiting. Although we understand you may be busy -- Kim Jong-un probably has a tea party that needs a little musical accompaniment.