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- Posted on Mar 1st 2011 10:30AM by Andrew Kerr
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While the Canadian singer is the first star to react to the current political climate and bloodshed in Libya, the move will undoubtedly heap more pressure on the likes of Usher, Beyonce and Mariah Carey, all of whom have performed for the sons of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Furtado tweeted (via the Guardian), "In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi [sic] clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $."
Glaring spelling mistake aside, Furtado's tweet, which mysteriously disappeared for a time only to be re-instated hours later, follows world-wide condemnation of the Libyan leader's treatment of anti-regime protesters seeking to overthrow him.
According to the singer's label, an announcement regarding the recipients of the donation will be made soon.
While other stars who've benefited from Gaddafi's wealth remain tight-lipped, the booking agent for Arcade Fire and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, David T Viecelli said, "People put a big pay-check on the table, and people don't consider where the money is coming from, or what they're at least passively endorsing."
He continued, "If it's true that Muammar Gaddafi's son says, 'I've got $50m, come and play for my buddies', I really think you have to say no to that. Given what we know about Gaddafi and what his rule has been about, you have to wilfully turn a blind eye in order to accept that money."