Mariah Carey Criticized for Accepting "Dictator Cash"

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Mariah Carey is under fire following a recent performance.

The Huffington Post reports that earlier this month Carey performed at a two-hour concert for the Angolan Red Cross, an event sponsored by the mobile phone company Unitel. The mobile company is an enterprise owned by the daughter of Angola's president, José Eduardo dos Santos, “one of Africa’s chief human rights violators and most corrupt tyrants" according to the Human Rights Foundation.

The HRF is now criticizing the songstress for accepting "dictator cash."

“Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million 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.

Halvorssen continued, “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."

Carey has not responded to the Human Rights Foundation's statement.

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