Nelly Furtado and Beyoncé before her have reportedly donated the money they made performing at various lavish Qaddafi family functions to charity — and Mariah Carey totally thinks that’s great! In a statement, Carey has apologized for performing at one of Muatassim Qaddafi’s epic New Year’s parties, without going so far as to say she’ll donate her fees as well. The statement reads:
“I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess. Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. 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.
As far as the money, a rep for Carey, Cindi Berger, shifted the focus away from the particular Qaddafi incident and toward the diva’s years of charitable works, including her foundation, Camp Mariah, and an upcoming song called “Save the Day,” royalties from which will be donated to human-rights-issues charities. Says Berger: “Mariah has and continues to donate her time, money and countless hours of personal service to many organizations both here and abroad.” So, in other words: She already spent all the Qaddafi money on shoes.