Mariah Carey will join Nelly Furtado and Beyonce in returning the $1 million she earned from a performance for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafiâs family.
“I was naÃ¯ve and unaware of who I was booked to perform for,â Carey tells People in a statement. âI feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess.”
She adds: “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 book our shows. Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable.”
In the wake of the international judgment and condemnation of the Libyan government due to the deaths and violence toward anti-government protesters, Gaddafi is currently being investigated for possible war crimes. More than 1,000 Libyans have been killed in the North African country since they began challenging Gaddafi’s 40-year rule in early February. The Obama Administration has called for the dictator to step down.
Carey and husband Nick Cannon is expecting twins soon. According to People, the power couple also started a new foundation and wrote a song, “Save the Day,” to raise awareness about human-rights issues.