Whoa Nelly: Canadian Songstress Vows To Return Qaddafi Money

Should performers be responsible for researching their allegiances before signing on the dotted line?

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Furtado performing in 2009; Photo by PR Photos

In light of the turmoil in Libya, a handful of popstars, including Mariah Carey, Usher, Beyoncé, and Canada’s own Nelly Furtado, have found themselves in hot water. As it turns out, Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has a thing for pop music and has previously paid these artists, among others (Lionel Richie is apparently a favorite), to perform for he and his entourage.

Furtado came out on Twitter yesterday, stating: “In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $”

Should performers be responsible for researching their allegiances before signing on the dotted line? Take our poll below.  

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