The group that slammed Jennifer Lopez for performing in front of a dictator earlier this year is setting its sights on fellow pop star Maria Carey.
The Human Rights Foundation slammed Carey for a weekend performance for the Angolan Red Cross, claiming the event raised little cash for the cause but helped prop up a dictator and his repressive regime.
Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million dollars this time. Just five years ago she performed for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar 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,” said HRF president Thor Halvorssen in a statement. “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,” said Halvorssen.
Angolan leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s daughter runs the Angolan Red Cross and owns the mobile company that sponsored the concert.
Carey eventually apologized for the Gaddafi concert appearance.
This weekend, the foundation quotes Carey paying tribute to the Angola leader–“I am happy to be here in this room and I am honored to share this show with the President of Angola.”