Celebrities Who Pal Around With Dictators
As long as dictators offer up enough cash, some celebrities are willing to overlook little things like torture, mass imprisonment, and boiling dissidents alive.
By ModernMan Editors
Recently, Jennifer Lopez made big news when she sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. Now, you’re probably wondering two things. One, did we fall asleep on our keyboards? No. And two, what’s the big deal? Well, the big deal is that Berdimuhamedow is the crazy dictatorial president of Turkmenistan, a place Human Rights Watch has labeled one of the “world’s most repressive countries.” Whoops!
Lopez — who was paid a cool $1.5 million for the gig — and her reps tried to spin it by saying she was hired to do a corporate gig for China National Petroleum Corp., then was asked to do a last-minute b-day shout-out to Berdimuhamedow. We’re calling bullshit, but that’s the story they’re sticking to. Still, Lopez is far from the first celebrity to cozy up to a dictator in exchange for a quick payday …
CELEBS: MARIAH CAREY, BEYONCE, USHER, NELLY FURTADO, LIONEL RICHIE
DICTATOR: MUAMMAR EL-QADDAFI OF LIBYA
Deceased Libyan strongman Muammar el-Qaddafi and his sons doled out millions of dollars for private musical performances at lavish family parties Usher, Lionel Richie, Nelly Furtado, Beyoncé, and Mariah Carey, with Mariah reportedly receiving $1 million to sing a measly four songs at a New Year’s party in St. Barts. As you may have heard, Qaddafi was known not only for his chic dictator-sheik look. He also murdered and imprisoned thousands of Libyans during his decades-long rule that ended rather messily a few years ago. But don’t worry, Carey and the others made things right by donating their blood money to … oh, wait. Nope, they didn’t. Our bad.