Wonders will never end. With each passing day there is a new and absurd spin on world current affairs. Sometimes it feels like common sense isn’t really that common and some of us simply enjoy stirring things up and causing unnecessary tension.
So what if Beyoncé, 50 Cents, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Timbaland, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias and God knows who else, performed for the Gaddafi family for $1-$2m each? In the grand scheme of things, what has art got to do with the Libyan uprising?
Witch-hunting these performing artists and forcing them to give their proceeds from these gigs to charity is senseless. It does not change the situation on the ground in Libya or the Middle East, neither does it address the global financial crisis.
Now, I accept that the average American is not concerned with events outside of the US, and as such, some of these performers may not have thought about the potential ramifications of performing for the Gaddafi family. But considering that after 26 years the US finally restored full diplomatic ties with Libya in 2006, and most of these gigs were post-2006, I don’t see what the uproar is all about.
Furthermore, I believe that if US intelligence agencies were not comfortable with American performing artists going to Libya to perform for the Gaddafi family in the first place, they would have sponsored negative campaigns against it then. It’s no secret that the US is the mother of all propagandist.
Ironically, no one appears to be putting pressure on the British, French and Italian governments to donate the proceeds of their lucrative deals with Colonel Gaddafi to charity. There is also no such pressure on the US companies that scrambled to Libya following the restoration of full diplomatic ties in 2006. Double standards all the way it seems. What a shame the American performing artists are the “fall guys” this time.
In the video below, American show “The View” takes a swipe at the performing artist who performed for the Gaddafi family. Misplaced priorities in my view. What do you think?Vodpod videos no longer available.