Mariah Carey: I'm embarrassed by Gadhafi gaffe
March 3rd, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Mariah Carey: I'm embarrassed by Gadhafi gaffe

Mariah Carey is the latest celebrity to respond to reports that she accepted payment to perform for Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.

In a statement, Carey said she was “naïve and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess."

The singer's statement comes on the heels of similar announcements from fellow stars Beyoncé and Nelly Furtado, who have also come under fire for accepting money to perform for Gadhafi and his family.

Furtado recently announced that she would donate the $1 million she received to charity. Beyoncé has said the money she received has already gone to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Carey added in her statement that she plans to donate proceeds from a new song, "Save the Day," to human rights organizations.

"Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from," she said. "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."

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  1. Mike

    Wow. I guess celebrities really do lead a sheltered life. That's amazing.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fee

    Ignorant is right. There are good and bad in every religion, colour and race. Christianity is responsible for some of the worst atrocities in history. American leaders have been responsible for the death of countless innocents but hide behind democracy and feable excuses when we all know that it is driven by oil and money. The reason the world in in resession is because of the greed of politicians and business men who are all too fond of little brown envelopes. Wake up Mariah is an idiot but anything she has done is not even close to that of the American government. All you racist bigots are the ones who should be ashamed.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr.Cynic

    "One more mil on conscience tax, no biggy. Now let's go shoppin."

    March 5, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. T

    The only reason she is sorry is that she got caught. If she didn't have a publicist and a PR company, she wouldn't even know she did anything wrong.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Proactive

    The Politicians gave legitimacy to Col Gaddafi and his son/regime hence the reason everyone else started to engage with the dictator's family members including the artists. So don't go blaming them. If the Politicians had kept him at a distance, the Artists would probably have stayed clear of his family as well.

    March 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lalalalala

    This is so ridiculous. Mariah Carey is an adult with many many employees. If she cared to, she could have have one of them do SOME research on Gadhafi if she really cared. Who goes to another country and performs for someone without doing this basic search for information? Nelly Furtado also is trying to make a big deal out of the fact that she donated the $1 MILLION that Gadhafi paid her for hr 45 minute performance. These people are idiots. They don't get to try to disassociate themselves from him only after everyone else knows that they took his money.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dyson

    This really makes me mad!!!! Those performers only "feel bad" because they were caught.
    How is it Beyonce, who has enuff nuts to go on the record and all over televion and in print to tell young people to vote for Obama,when she didn't know them herself. Seems to me thats what alot of the black voters did....they had no idea of what Obamba's agenda was they just voted for the color of his skin.The man has little to no World affair expirience....Being able to draft a bill that allows the power company cut your tree's off power lines hardly makes him presidential material.......and because Knowels can sing don't give her the right to influence young voters minds before knowing the issue's

    March 4, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dyson

    They all lying, this guy has always been a terrorist to his own people for years–THEY ARE A COMMUNIST COUNTRY!!
    Beyonce claims to know the issue's,runs her mouth all over the USA to get Obama elected,when she either don't know
    sh!t about world issue's or like Pirriha Carey did it and didn't care where the money came from!!!!

    March 4, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. mad hater

    That's all these b's sing about is $, now they can donate it write it off and launder it

    March 4, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. kim

    40 years of blood money dum ass

    March 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shirley U Jest

    The place where she gave her performance wasn't a clue? Nor were the faces of the " celebrities and politicians", particularly Gadhafi?
    Rrrright.....

    March 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Terrell

    I think that all performers. should know they are singing for. This is why they get ripped off with contracts because they never know.

    March 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jam

    I doubt most of the people posting here didnt even knew what was going on in the mid east six monthes ago.The biggest complaint i heard was why these arabs are coming and taking our jobs not even giving a damn why they would leave their homeland to come and take our jobs.Ignorance is bliss i suppose.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MG

    With all the judgment about Muammar Ghadafi being an evil dictator, It leads me to believe that this is new information, was he not an evil dictator back in 2010 when CNN and several media outlets showed Beyonce performing and where was the outrage then? Specifically what has he done (dates and times) that explains this harsh judgement?I personally have not seen any wars or troops fighting on CNN or other news that show Libyans being killed. Lastly, aren't most citizens of America displeased with the government,so does that mean our elected officials are evil dictators.Libyans also receive free healthcare, what about Americans(last time I checked 47 million of us are without). And FYI most Libyan oil goes to Europe not the US.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Abdul-Hameed

    I don't think that Mariah was naive! It's money ! She only thought about money and that's it! Good that she announced at least !

    March 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  16. John Wayne

    Hmmmm, and now who is going to recriminate Condolezza Rice and the Bush administration for becoming "friends" with Gadhafi ? They should also donate !. I laugh at all these singers saying: "Oh, we didn't know". Who really cares what they thought ? they were paid to perform and they did, nobody cares.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Wares Wifie

    Agreed!

    March 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. nyc

    This demonstrates how ignorant pop culture is. Individuals should do their research prior to anything

    March 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • las

      i agree it is blood money there is no excuse for such ignorance for politics ignorance must be bliss

      March 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  19. NameRod

    Why should the celebs give the money back I don't get it. Do the Big oil executive have to give theirs back. They are the one that made Gadafhi rich and they also received million and billions from the Libyan people.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Diane

    She's an idiot. So many years in the business and you don't know who you are performing for? Ah yes, the excuses some people tend to accept. No one has values and morals anymore. Greedy people is what we continue to be introduced to.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. brad1001

    Many performers have either performed for rogue nations or not. South Africa comes to mind. Remember the ballyhoo about perople performing there? .. It's not forgotten and these current rash of money grubbers knew full well who they were performing for. They just didn't care.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. arnold ziffle

    oh shut it Mariah. You knew where the money came from. You just got found out and to go into spin control.

    March 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. arnold ziffle

    All entertainers need to keep their mouths shut about things they have no knowledge of. Educate yourself or shut it. Mariah you are a beautiful person when you're singing.

    March 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Chris

    I would be more embarrased about my fat ass...yes mame.

    March 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Giampaolo

    Look, it is obviously embarrassing when the world finds out you are a shameless money grubber and that there is a price for which you would indulge the vile offspring of a totalitarian dictator on their luxury yacht for their "super sweet I'm the son of the dictator of an oil rich nation" blow out party.

    March 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. beth

    You people need to realize who you are supporting. It is worng for anyone to support such chaos in the world. I think she should feel bad as well as all of the other "artists" who are not informed of the worlds politics. They have money and we all know money talks. Don cheadle and george clooney started an organization to end genocide in darfur. This is an example of doing something for our world. And as far as the comment made about our government doing something instead of these "artists" you need to know our government won't. It was quoted by the ambassador in the early 90s that the US does not have friends, we have interests. And we are not interveneing because of exactly that. So these people who are famous and rich are able, they can do something to help!!! Even if we all (everyone in the us/ world) pitched in, became more informed etc. We could make a huge difference in what is going on. That also does not mean start killing everyone off or paying them off. But instead to build schools, clean water systems, build homes, educate the world!!! Someone please!!!unite as one!!! And become informed.

    March 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Thomas Ghost

    Why should she be sorry? The fact that she's even saying that just goes to show that these people will say or do anything for money. They just don't want to appear that way, that's why she said sorry in the first place. She is not sorry. Most people would do anything for a million dollars, she sang for a dictator that the US supported. If she's sorry, then I'm a flamingo.

    March 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Angelique

    Lmfao Everbody must have been too poor to watch Gadhafi act a fool back in the 80’s. Reagan lives on. Stop acting ashamed

    March 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Wahoo

    What an idiot.
    DUH!
    Nothing going on in that girl's head FO SHO!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  30. embarrassed4u

    Ms. Mariah and all other Stars should shut that hole in their faces until they know what is really going on

    March 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  31. peacemonger

    She might want to read a newspaper the next time and get informed before she does a gig for war criminals like Muammar Gadhafi. This behavior reminds me of the "artists" who played in South Africa's Sun City during Apartheid. Anything for a buck....

    March 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ms. Lynn

    They performed a job and they were paid. They earned the money, it's theirs if I were them I would keep the money and do what I want with it, it's no one elses business how they spend their money. They did not do anything illegal. And donating money does not mean the money will benefit the charity anyway. Look at the Katrina victims, they still have not received the millions collected through charity and that's why I will not donate to charities no more. Again, I would keep the money!

    March 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  33. JohnRJ08

    She's a liar. She knew exactly for whom she was going to perform. Some of these performers don't care who they show up for, because they have no conscience. It's 100% about the paycheck.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Courtney

    it's GADDAFI. learn how to spell, cnn. :facepalm:

    March 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  35. John

    Not sure who is nastier, her or Gadhafi.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Evelyn

    Does anyone know where the concerts were held?

    March 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. zeusbread

    I really don't understand what significance this has on the worlds politics. Why if I played a show for saddam hussain as well as george bush, you know that would just mean I am a successful musician who can get gigs for the most powerful people on earth. I think mariah carey is an idiot for thinking its shameful to perform a gig for a terrorist... Whether its ghadafi or bush she's still performing for terrorists, why not be diverified in her performances? And why would she apologize for playing a show for the guy, its not like she gave him head, its not like she served in his military. Had ghadafi hired me to play him a show, I'd do it, I'd have incorporated the biggest wave of mind soothing restorative music possible, and from my influence he would have changed, because I would incorporate mind manipulation techniques in the music so that he would turn away from his evil ways. I'd have done the same for hussain, bush senior and dubya, I'd do it for every member of congress, I'd change the patters of thought they have from doing what's best for economics to doing what's best for humanly quality of life. As a hypnotherapist and musician, I'd use my music as a way to hypnotize the sick and cruel world leaders to turn away from the domination of the banks, encourage them to lay their armies down and give them jo s restoring the land they destroyed. If I could play a show for monsanto or any of those big corporates, I would hypnotize them to throw their money away to gain forgivenness from those they wronged, and use their science not for capitol gain but for restoring the earths balance and healthy evolution. Music is a magical power, and sadly mariah is too stupid to make full use of it, that's what she should be apologizing for, not for entertaining ghadaffi but for failing in her artistic duty to influence higher political powers to do good. So in affect she was just doing a gig like all the other trained monkeys of the system, and unlike the trained monkeys who work in factories to pay for idiots like carey, and her wages, they are ignorant as to the power music has over ones soul. One pretty face, one powerful voice, one set of beautiful breasts, and a message of peace, tolerance, and returning to nature and guys like ghadaffi would have changed. Sadly I don't have a nice pair like careys, so sadly I doubt I will ever be put in a position where I can make a difference as much as she could have. I put her under fire not for doing a show, I put her show under fire for doing virtually nothing for the benefits of peace and prosperity for the world. I put her under fire for being spiritually worthless to the worlds music culture. Music has to have meaning, if it does not, then its nothing more than a popularity contest won by those who have the prettiest bodies.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ajay Giano

    It was stupid of her not to know where the money came from but she did the job and got paid it's ridiculous people want her to donate money she earned. At the time he wasn't killing his own people at least not like he is now.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Len

    Come on Mariah, it's all about the money!

    March 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mark

    How could any of these fools be so stupid. To sing for a known terrorist. Just shows you how cheap and greedy they are, I am surprised Kim Jenner didnt pimp out her half breed Kartrashian girls to these murderers.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  41. mjc

    Our great country, the U.S of A, really needs to stay out of this issue that's going on in those countries. We have bigger problems to deal with. Our money, time, and soldiers can be put to other more productive needs. I love my country, but it breaks my heart to see where we are going. What happened to us? Let's rise again, and we can, but we need to take a different and better approach.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Idiocy

    Really now. Suddenly everyone in the entertainment world is "embarrased"? This either shows how utterly IGNORANT these "artists" are or simply, they KNEW but looked the other way when they saw the offer.

    Many artists have done shows, including names like Michael Jackson, Prince, for the elite in Saudi Arabia... the list goes on and on.

    That haiti bush releief makes for a nice TAX EXEMPTION by the way.

    Firs she marries that gay-boy who in public you can literally see how he can't handle mariah or a woman and now this. Celebrities.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Billy

    Maybe these artists should also stop playing at Israeli venues to protest war crimes, international law violations, and the illegal occupation of Palestine. Equal opportunity boycott...

    March 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  44. DP

    I hope she and the rest reported this as income for tax purposes even though accepted abroad (St Baarts) & elsewhere!! Hard to believe....

    March 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  45. SoWhat?

    I seriously doubt that the top tier of artists such as Mariah Carey and Beyonce are aware of all of the intimate details of the shows in which they perform. They employ people to do that for them, and those people get paid lots of money to book these shows. Not to mention, the act that THEY TAKE A PERCENTAGE of the earnings for booking said shows. These bookers probably saw $1 million on the table and grabbed for it.
    All Mariah was saying was that artists, such as herself need to be more active in voicing their intentions with the people they employ. (That is the being "held accountable" part of her quote). To call her stupid is to call every single popular artist that is doing well for themselves stupid. They don't make these decisions. Bottom line they all backed out once they realized what was going on.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Mormon

    Ghadafi be damned, this story should be about her enormous cans...

    March 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Heathen

    Gadahfi is a slimy creep – but, these girls shouldn't have to worry cause they performed for him. After all, they didn't support him. Then again, there are an awful lot of slimy creeps who have already shown their asses on this page – sheesh!

    March 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Lane

    If you perform in the U.S. you are supporting the creation/purchase of bombers, the torture of prisoners, the protection of religious criminals, and bloated salaries of elected officials. Huzzah!

    March 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mark

    I doubt if she's actually returning it!

    March 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Shameful

    Shameful, for all the singers (Bounce too and Usher) who performed for Ghadaffi and they all knew darn well where they were going and who they were performing for (the people are not stupid), here again is a classic case of GREED, MONEY, GREED, to cash in on dirty money and add to their pockets of supporting a country that does allow their people to speak and live the life style of Freedmom, shame on everyone and don't purchase any of their music anymore!

    March 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Tony

    rob
    when eric clapton was invited to play for kim jong ill he turned them down. now whats the dif between performers like mariah, nelly, etc. and someone like clapton? concience vs. greed? substance vs. style? i dont even like clapton, but his music doesnt make my ears bleed. why support their lavish lifestyle anyway? kardashians made 65 million last year from fans of carry and the like-meanwhile millions of homeless people in the u.s. beg for table scraps. for shame!
    _____________________________________________

    Maybe the homeless should of lead a better life... I'm sick of the jealousy I read on blogs about anyone who has money... Like someone has said... they are entertainers who are paid to entertain. So what if Clapton made a political stance, that is his prerogative, it doesn't mean everyone else has to. Most of the homeless people in america are there by choice & not because anyone put them there. There are addictions & mental illness on the streets that have caused these individuals to become outcast. There is help for those that ask, but they choose not to.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      What dude??? You somehow turned Mariah Carey performing for the spoiled billionaire child of a totalitarian dictator into an "I hate homeless people" rant? That's kinda weird/creepy... And btw, you kinda spell like a "school-less" person.

      March 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Daisy

    Nothing at all to be embarrassed about Mariah. The U.S. had ties to Libya. Now that things are getting rough there, we're speaking a bit of a different tune.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  53. rita

    Mariah is great. She must know ghadaffi is good man and that's why she performed.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. theBry

    Good job Mariah!

    March 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  55. D

    Why does it seem we Americans are always looking for someone to hate? Gadgafi is just the current poster child for who we dislike.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  56. D

    Why does it seem we Americans are always looking for someone to hate? Gadgafi is jist the current poster child for who we dislike.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  57. rob

    when eric clapton was invited to play for kim jong ill he turned them down. now whats the dif between performers like mariah, nelly, etc. and someone like clapton? concience vs. greed? substance vs. style? i dont even like clapton, but his music doesnt make my ears bleed. why support their lavish lifestyle anyway? kardashians made 65 million last year from fans of carry and the like-meanwhile millions of homeless people in the u.s. beg for table scraps. for shame!

    March 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Jeff

    How many of us drink plastic bottles full of soda, juice, milk, or water? Those bottles come from PETROLEUM.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Me

    There are thousands of Amricans, Canadians, Europeans, etc working (or used to work)in Lybia (Mostly in the Oil industry) and who received a paycheck for their jobs: Should they send the money back to Gadhafi?

    March 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Visual Rheteroic

    I really need to stop reading every article in the headlines. Should she have? Of course not. But then, didn't we all drive to work today? Where'd that gas come from? Juge not.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  61. meadowmuffin

    Hmmm why would the US revolt.....countless troops in Afghanastan and Iraq for oil...the economy in the toilett...your housing market in the toilett...your neighbours in mexico getting slaughtering by the cartel,and yet I dont see any military action ther..seems all the US cares about is defending countries with an oil interest...oh and how about your medical situation, or poverity..do I need to continue...yep you have the right to vote who you want in, but they get to stay there for 4 years...so what do you do in the meantime...just stand by while they flush you country down the toilett....yeah for democracy...sometime people need dictatorship....moron..

    March 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Dave

    Wait what? What did they do? I don't even care for these people named in the article and I think this is INCREDIBLY STUPID! Who gives a flying #&$# who any of them performed for? They are entertainers. They are paid to make people laugh or listen to their music or put on a show. This is ridiculous.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jeff

    Nelly Furtado is Canadian. And who among entertainers has a brain or any intelligence? South Africa had Sun City under Aparteid. Linda Ronstadt and the British group Queen performed there.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  64. alan

    Well, the US has one thing in common with Lybia. Both countries have a shady African for a leader.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  65. cha cha cha

    Why is our country so greedy, selfish, and spoiled? I love America, but why are we so blind to wrong and constantly bombarded with mixed messages. Why is it when we do something, it's wrong, but when rich people do the same things, its funny/cool?

    March 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  66. MARY

    DAM, HOW DUM ARE YOU? YOU LOST ALOT OF FANS.... I SEE YOU WILL DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY...... HOW WOULD YOU NOT KNOW WHO BOOK YOU. MY HUSBAND IS A PAFORMER, HE KNOWS WHO BOOKS HIM EVERYTIME. SOMETIMES HE WILL GO, BUT IF I NEED HIM, ALL MONEY IS NOT GOOD MONEY.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Colin

    "Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable."

    Why? Why would I ever consider blaming Mariah Carey for supporting Gadgafi? No one payed attention to his ruling until now... but now it's the ARTISTS fault. Hosh-posh.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  68. MN USA

    I'm sorry, but what planet do these performers live on? One would think that anyone receiving $1 million for a single performance would Google the person before committing themself. Of course, that's only true of anyone who actually cared where the money came from.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Sorely Frickey

    They don't HAVE to donate the money, make statements, or do anything - unless they have dignity and (belatedly) recognize dignity in the people oppressed by this dictator. Since a million bucks is chump change to entertainers at this level, giving it to charity is a relatively painless way to please their Western audiences and sell more records.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Rickapolis

    I'm willing to bet big money that if Mariah WAS told who she was performing for she would never have even heard of him. She's know for her, er, airheadedness.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  71. danny

    Of course when all these performers were accepting these payments they had no idea of what was going on in that country, please! No one is that unaware of what goes on around them in the world. Oh wait, we are talking about celebrities that are pampered and have no clue as to what it takes to live in the real world all that matters is that they do not miss an appointment to see their cosmetic surgeon and miss their weekly glam session.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Chirag

    It was business Mariah, if you needed the money now you would do it again. Why save face just for the sake of saving face....

    March 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Sebastian

    I would do Mariah in a heartbeat but that`s about all I care about her. I don`t find her to be worthy of commenting on geo-political events. She worked, she took the money end of story.

    America is in real trouble when our celebrity worship has gone so far that Mariah Carey, Nelley or Beyonce thinks they are SO IMPORTANT that the general public wants to hear from them concerning Kadafi (How do you spell this idiot`s name anyway?)

    March 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rickapolis

      As long as you start with a 'G', a 'Q', or a 'K' end with an 'I', and put a 'D' in the middle you're okay.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  74. no name

    These entertainers know who their clients are, who is paying their fee, before they perform. They are not embarassed to take the money, only that we found out about it.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  75. wes

    did Bush say sorry for lifting the sanctions on this creep? Has Bush said "sorry" for allowing corporations to do business with this creep? wait, has the corporations donated the money that made off this creep? No is the answer..People are so weak...I wonder how many have returned money for doing business or performing for the butcher of iraq. Give me a break!

    March 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  76. meadowmuffin

    Gadhafi is just fighting to keep sanity in his country...do you think for a second if people in the US started an uprising like that, that the US government wouldn't be doing the exact same thing...I hope he kicks their asses.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • sfoguy

      There's no need for an uprising in the US. Unlike Libya, which is ruled by a dictator, we have free elections and the citizens get regular opportunities to change leaders and laws. What are we going to revolt for? Freedom to elect new leaders? Freedom of speech? Freedom from religious throcreacy? Freedom of assembly? WHAT? We already have all that you nitwit. We have nothing in common with countries like Libya .........

      March 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      That's great, honoring a person who slaughters his own people. WHAT A MORON!

      March 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      That's great, honoring a person that slaughters his own people. WHAT A DOPE!

      March 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Nikol Stog

    The truth is that these stars see themselves like lawyers who delude themseves by claimn that they are amoral. So they render their services to anyone who can pay. So they dont care weda they are paid wit bood money or not.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  78. citizenUSA

    Poor excuses. I may believe that initially she may not have known, but someone in her entourage knew and would have told her. And they're all saying "booked". From some things I've read this was some impromptu solicitation for her (their) services. Please anyone correct me if I'm wrong but please explain where the true information can be found.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Lilarose in Oregon

    Mariah Carey has a lot to lose. She sells products on HSN, a popular shopping channel and also online. She still hasn't said a word about donating the money she earned. And I am sorry, Mariah, I don't believe you didn't know who you were performing for. You can afford to donate a million dollars, and since you are soon to deliver twins, why not donate the money to a women's shelter where you live to help those women with kids out.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  80. MariahLiar

    "Sorry and naive"? How about adding stupid to that? How can you not know that you're performing for Gadhafi and his familiy. It is not like there were thousands there. You are a wh0re for the cash and you don't care where it comes from. Now that you've been caught it's "oops". Kinda like taking blood diamonds from a dictator then when word gets out saying you didn't know where they came from and you gave them away. Lying b!tch. I'd have more respect for you if you came out and were honest and said "I was a wh0re that needed the $ so I took the job. Sorry."

    March 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  81. golden boy

    thank that's the real truth.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  82. golden boy

    i think u were to be given money from anyone u all well take it.u can take that to bank.........p.s the way things r u wouldn't think twice!!!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Mike

    A testament to the poor state of education in this country when these celebrities are not aware of or don't even care about Gadhafi's and Libya's political and humanitarian issues, and gladly put on a show if he puts up the money.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Mike

    These performers earned their fees legally in exchange for their professional services. They did not hurt anyone or cause anyone to be hurt. Donating the fees is a nice gesture, but it is the predatory lenders and Wall Street and banking bigwigs who should be shamed into donating their ill-gotten fees and profits. Sadly, it is abundantly clear that those folks have no shame.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Adam

    IWhile I do think Gadhafi is a terrible dictator just like most anyone else BUT I'll be lying if I say I'll definitely turn him down if he offers me $1 million to sing a couple of songs to him for an hours work etc! especially if the request was from couple years ago before all this crap happening in North Africa!
    Most of you here are pious holier then thou hypocrites or just jeolous.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  86. bernadette dodson

    This country has been crooning with these countries since forever. Now let someone who can really sing,show them how it's done. And...... get that money girl!

    March 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  87. John

    These "stars" should have known what a brutal dicator this guy is. Have they been living under a rock all these years? It just shows how ignorant and money hungry some of these "entertainers" are. Maybe they should just go live there. Who the heck would miss them???? They are paid way to much for their yelling on stage any way. Who really cares?

    March 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • K man

      Hey "John". That is absolutely absurd. Do you think that artists should turn away clients because someone says he/she might've done this or they're doing this. They'd all be broke because there's bad apples at every concert etc. What if Chavez was saying he does good for his people? Do they now have to get references for Chavez? When will their reference checking ever end? Would yopu take George Bushes statements as valid references? Or Obama or Clinton? Who would they bel;ieve? That is outright stupidity thinking they have to check who is in their audience when they are only doing what they are paid to do.

      March 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  88. golden boy

    we just need another pancho villa

    March 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Laurie

    Don't give the money back. You earned it. If we all lived up to that standard, we would stop buy gas, products from Chinal....the lists goes on!

    March 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Keksi

    Why Haiti?They should give it to Libyan people.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  91. mistique

    Mariah is wonderful. Her beautiful music has probably saves lives by pacifying Gdaffi. We should thank mariah foe her peaceful messages and international diplomacy.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Does foe mean for ? Great education!

      March 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      Shut up!

      March 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klatu Berata Nicto

      She was paid to sing for a guy who is at this moment dropping bombs on his own people. Men, women and children. Are you serious? You are actually advocating this behavior? Should we send Kanye West over to croon to Bin Laden while we're at it?

      March 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  92. mike

    She is only embarrased because she was called out on her own stupidity.Well, at least she didn't dine with murderers like the White House did.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Superhiro

    Who cares about this? It's not like Mariah sold him weapons. She just performed. Who cares.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Cheaterville

    Gadhafi pays them to perform and they did something wrong?? I thought if you are a performer and you perform for someone you recieve payment...just because he is a bad guy that means they shouldnt get paid for their work thats stupid. I could understand if one of them Beyonce Cheated on Jay-Z with Gadhafi or Mariah gave Gadhafi some some sweet fantasy baby but thats just not the case. If they did cheat with him what an awesome story it would be on http://WWW.CHEATERVILLE.COM you can post pictures and stories and its all anonymous and FREE

    March 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Ali

    Bush started the war tho? Is he liberal?

    March 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Chandler

    At Ben55, you are right. All Americans are guilty of supporting Gadhafi when they buy gas, travel by plane or ship, or by buying food shipped by gas driven engines. Lets just all move into the woods and start to plant crops. By the way, I drive a Prius and want America to find ways to be less dependent on foreign oil and quit manufacturing gas guzzling private vehicles. I never received any payments from a dictator.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • good on ya

      Excellent on the Prius! Now take it to the next level: pluginconversions.com

      March 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  97. ken100

    American liberals love the guy. Drug use is great! Killing innocent people for drugs is great! It's the California way! It's the liberal way! It's the Democrat Party way! Who do you think is supporting the Mexican drug cartels? Who is supporting the mass murders of tens of thousands of Mexicans? The liberal Democrats are the ones! They need their drugs to function! Even Obama is an ex-druggie (the ex is unproven). Vote for a Democrat and kill a thousand Mexicans. That is the way it is in the US!

    March 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • KAR

      Wow, I guess you didn't take your prescription today.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chester

      Only liberals take drugs? Really? I didn't know that. Thanks for edifying me.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Buttons

      Oh right, only liberals take drugs. Only liberals are gay. Only liberals have abortions. In fact the liberals are destroying the world!

      Let me guess, you are part of the Palin/Bachman fan club. Where brilliance abounds. ;)

      March 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      Dude... You're nuts

      March 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Ben55

    I don't buy her version one bit, but to be honest, everyone who's bought a tank of gas for their car supports Gadhafi, Ahmadinejad, and others who hate us. Unless we invent an energy which replaces oil, we'll just have to deal with tyrants.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Chandler

    If the paycheck was right, these retarded artists would have performed for Hitler if they were alive in the 1930s.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • flyonthewall

      They did and have.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      Bort! No but seriously I don't think any of these artists are actually retarded. They might look and act retarded, and sing like mongoloids, but I think they are "normal.". Calling them retarded is an insult to retarded people everywhere!

      March 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Ali

    Don't deviate from my comment. If it's so easy to do research, how come the top rulers didn't know that? And we are ok with that? If the secret service supposly didn't know that then I won't balme a celeb. Get real. Put the Blame on the people that should be blamed. Presidents and secretary of state and so on. Don't put it on celebs.. The government should be the first to know leaders of other countries. If you didn't wanna be exposed to Islamic insurgents then you wouldn't be in Iraq or afganistan for oil.. So either oil by force which comes with islamic insurgency or stop supporting Israel Which makes enemies to the US and the Arabs and Muslims will be happy to give you the oil consistently and peacefully.. Don't fool you self

    March 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane-Seattle

      Good! And this is largely the Truth!

      March 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Word. Although I think it was a wonderful idea to find a sovereign home for displaced Jewish people....it didn't make any sense to make that home Palistine...or Lebenon etc. If "we" wanted to give land, it should have been our own. We stole land and ripped people's lives apart. Not a very peaceful move, and "we" should have expected unending retaliation and hostility. I can't even begin to form some sort of solution. Anyway, that was off topic.

      I doubt if any of the celebs knew who they were performing for, most of my coworkers had no idea why I was clanging on about Libya...and my coworkers aren't stupid...just very comfortable with their easy American lifestyles. But our public leaders sure know who Gadhafi is and has been for 42 years. I think for the most part our leaders are pretty great, but they make some pretty bad decisions concerning foreign relations. Embarrassing. People in North Africa or the Middle East probably think we hate them, which is untrue, but our public leaders do some pretty uncool things sometimes. I wish the best for the people of Libya.

      March 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Big Papi

    She thought it was a costume party and he was dressed as Gadhafi...stop hating on her..she cant help it if she is dumb!!

    March 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Chandler

    These people who performed for Gadhafi are all idiots. Anyone can do a search or have their publicist or agent check on the background of someone they are performing for. Didn't the Libyans welcome with open arms the released prisoner involved in the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie terrorist attack? The USA should not interfere at all in the Libyan uprisings. The USA will just be on their way to another occupation and more vulnerable troops exposed to Islamic insurgents.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Krash

    "i'm embarrassed to have received the money. I should have known better. I'll know next time." (off the record) what the heck the money will come in handy, I have to feed twins soon.
    Yours, Screamin' Mariah

    March 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Ali

    I don't know why celebs are held accountable and we are making a big deal out of it when our presidents and secretary of state were shaking hands and drinking tea with these murderers. There were supporting them and making them allies. Mubarak for instance was Americas best friend. Clinton (lady) was with gaddafis son. We should be worried about that more than a regular celebrity that was doing her job. It's non of our business to care what she does with the money. It's her money now and she deserves it. Consider asking out leaders what they were doing with dictators.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tstyln

      Who gives a Shhiit about what she says.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • WLM

      Agreed!

      March 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • KAR

      Calling the leaders of other countries "murderers" is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. Our government regularly kills people, most often our own. We throw our troops into a foreign "hell" all the time and for no real reason.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarcyD

      The difference is that these stars took money from Gadhafi. Money thought was looted from the citizens of Libya. Our government representatives were meeting with Libyan government respresentatives. Whether we as a country agree with another country's leaders or not....we need a dialogue to try and improve relations between the countries.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • impressive

      best comment ever, by far

      March 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Great point Ali. Maybe the President should have bowed more to him.

      March 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakPoint

      Rather than pointing out if she did wrong or not, or doing some "research", or underlining the connections with certain governments, check this out: What if the US stays here solving the internal problems, not getting involve with anyone else problems and stop controlling others for a national "benefit"? Mariah Carey can perform where ever she wants, is up to her if she wants to make a deal out of that (she already knew about Beyonce and N. Furtado... what were the odds?)

      March 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • testing the waters

      I'm sorry to break up the hatefest but I want to play devil's advocate here. All the dictators billions. What acts make him a dicator? His country was a monarchy controlled by one tribe and he made it fair. The president of the U.S. makes $400,000 annually. If he was in power for 40 years, he would have $16,000,000 that he could invest, imagine investing in oil over the past 30 years of spiking. if less than 3 percent of our population showed up and threw fire bombs and shot 30 government buildings with rocket propelled grenades and asked President Obama to step down, would he? our elections are not fair but you don't overthrough the government.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  105. guest

    @mddiva35 – She will donate all royalties from a song to charities and Human Rights, she has already spend millions on charities before, do some research!

    March 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • frs

      This is a board full of bigoted, uninformed opinions spouted off by anonymous users who think they are terrifically funny and sarcastic. If you expect posters here to actually perform research, use facts, and think independently, then you will be disappointed.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steph10

      @frs I could not agree more. People are so hateful when they have the ability to hide behind a computer screen.

      March 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      Hubba bubba dee doo!!!!

      March 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      She shouldn't give Nutn back. She earned it clean. U hatred need to get a life.

      March 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  106. mddiva35

    So who did she 'donate' her money too. She just said she was sorry and naive, but no mention of donating the money. I guess with twins on the way she needs her cash.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • troy

      She shouldnt have to donate her money. She did the job.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • goober

      They should all donate their ill gotten gains back to the Libya nationals who have suffered under this regime.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • kite005

      It was for a performance, she didn't support him or his regime. He's $1,000,000 or so poorer now no big deal. She took his money. Good.

      March 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jross

      The point is it wasn't "his" money she took.

      March 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      But of course she'll face no retaliation because she didn't insult a Jewish person by saying she loved Hitler...

      March 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • h.silver

      Naive doesn't describe. Somebody in her management had known and told her that the guy has been a psychotic murderer for the last 40 years. The only difference was no uprising so the assumption was that most of us are ignorant.
      Is she really that dumb? Would she sing for Hitler? It was easy money and that did it.SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      Why should they have to give the money back or donate it to a charity? It's clean money they worked for no matter who the performance was for. It's stupid for ppl to think they need to donate their earned money. Go donate Ur hard earned cash and leave these artists alone.

      March 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      Do you people read the article before you post? She said she had already donated the money to the Clinton Bush Haiti fund. I don't think people should just perform blindly for whoever has the bucks–have some morals, people–but she can't do anything but go forward and not make the same type mistakes again.

      March 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • smd

      Apparently u don't either...it says Beyonce donated it not Mariah!

      March 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      The only thing any of these singers are sorry about? is that their name has been leaked to the press. I'm sure if Kim Jong Il, or Raul Castro, or any other corrupt person is to offer them millions of dollars to perform, they'll take it. Sorry, yeah right!

      March 6, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  107. opinion

    excactly!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  108. just me

    Very well put. I just wish everyone could think this way. Then they would not be getting millions for two minute performances.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Visiting

    ...pretty ignorant calling them dancing monkeys.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Rageof4wa

    Agreed. The fact of the matter is, you are only performing and taking money AWAY from them. It's not like you are funding their cause. The three performers should not apologize whatsoever for what they did. If I made a career out of being a mechanic and the head of a mob wanted to pay me to work on his vehicle, I would do it in a heartbeat and not feel bad about it. It's a job, I get paid and don't influence the mob's business in any way.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  111. jdog

    yup, anything for money in the great US of A, ethics and morals out the window....pathetic....

    March 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  112. tensor

    The larger question is why soooooooo many Americans idolize and hang on every word of celebrities, few of whom, if any, are educated, talented and actually work for a living.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Swearengen

    Anyone else notice that it is nothing but pop star sellout artists who were performing for this monster? Then they are all coming out and trying to save face after the fact.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Midwest

    Monkeys? It takes someone with a sense of decency to disagree without name calling.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Dave

    RIGHT ON! Agreed.

    March 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  116. African_girl

    Embarrassed!!! It is all the western companies which should be embarressed to have offices over there. They have quietly been dealing with that regime for decades, making billions of dollars! And they are suddenly discovering how an awful one it is ???!!?? Shoush!!! Now they are sending airplanes to help, since there is oil over there...But how long did it take for them to react for Soudan (by the way, no oil there, if you follow my drift...)

    March 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Marc

    Y r they sellouts? Stop hating. They shouldn't have to donate crap. It was clean earned cash no matter who the performance was for. Go get a life and stop gossiping u low life of a human being.

    March 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Adam West

    Everwhere and every day arabs are creating havoc, they are sub-human and don't belong on this planet

    March 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Dyson

    You are an uneducated,complete IDIOT........I hope that you don't have kids.

    March 4, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  120. Adam West

    Arabs and Mohamid are pigs

    March 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  121. NameRod

    Ignorant

    March 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  122. SSampson

    And people who can't spell but claim superiority to others based on race (or anything else) should be neutered..

    That was no typo dude... That was ignorance

    March 4, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |

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