First came Furtado, now comes Beyonce.
The singer finally spoke out on the revelation that she netted a million-dollar paycheck to play for the family of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
Like Nelly Furtado, who tweeted this week that she would donate the money she made off Qaddafi to charity, Beyonce is saying her funds also went to a good cause.
The operative word there is “went” — as in, the past. Beyonce claims she gave the money to the relief efforts in Haiti — when an earthquake struck that island, she was active in raising funds for reconstruction, performing on the telethon held for the cause.
But here’s the thing — Beyonce makes an estimated $87 million a year. It’s easy for her to point to any charitable donation and say “yeah, that’s where I sent Qaddafi’s cash!”
(And in the statement, her publicist declined to even specify the amount of money that was donated.)
So the question isn’t how Beyonce spent 1/87 of her paycheck — the question is why she took the money in the first place, when she clearly didn’t need it.
Heed the lessons of this PR mess, pop stars. Stick to getting overpaid for bar mitzvahs and sweet sixteens, rather than singing and shaking for foes of the nation.
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