When you’re used to getting paid millions of dollars to sing any three songs off “Butterfly,” maybe you don’t always take the time to find out exactly who is forking over all that cash. So we understand how it could possibly be that Mariah Carey didn’t know she was playing a Gaddafi concert. Whoops! “I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess,” Carey said in a statement today. Look, are we really going to blame Mimi for this? If a mysterious figure offered to pay off our student loans, you think we’d turn it down? Well, we would now since, you know, it’s almost certainly money from a dictator.
Not that every celeb is so in the dark about the people sitting in the front row; Jennifer Lopez turned down a Gaddafi concert to the tune of $2 million. Either way, it looks like Carey has to humble herself before the judging eyes of society, as humble as an eight-month-pregnant woman wearing five-inch Louis Vuittons can be. “Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable,” Mariah admitted. “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.” So is Carey going to donate her Gaddafi money like Beyonce or Nelly Furtado? “Mariah has and continues to donate time, money, and countless hours of personal service both here and abroad,” Carey’s rep Cindi Berger said, which we take to mean not really. Looks like Mariah has to start looking at who’s signing her checks; next thing you know she’ll be hitting the high notes in “Honey” to applause from Darth Vader and the Imperial Army.
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