Should Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Usher return payments from Libya’s leaders? Blogger Sha Hayes says, “hell no.”
Today it’s time for me to put on my political pundit hat and pretend like I’m Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow.
There are people suggesting that Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, and Usher should give back the money they received from Muammar Gaddafi for their performances over the years. Mariah cashed in on $1 million for a 2008 New Year’s Eve bash in St. Barts where she performed for Gaddafi’s son, Mutassim, Libya’s national-security adviser. Beyoncé and Usher earned undisclosed sums for performing on the same Caribbean island in 2009.
My first question about this whole story: Who are all these “people” telling the celebs to return the money? I understand there has been a lot of brutality and wrongdoing at the hands of Gaddafi, but the performances given by Beyoncé, Mariah and Usher have no connections to any type of terrorist scheme; the three of them are not spies for al-Qaeda. They have all given back to their communities and should not have to start handing back money they received for doing actual jobs.
Okay, now that I have taken off my political hat, it’s time to put on my “Black girl from the hood” hat. HELL to the NO, they shouldn’t give nobody’s money back. First off, that money is already spent. Mariah is about to have twins and she’s got to give Nick his weekly allowance. Usher has two boys, child support, alimony and Bieber’s haircuts to underwrite, while Beyoncé … well, Beyoncé … she got all those Louboutins she has to buy.
The point is that giving money back to the devil won’t make him change his ways, but just in case they need a nice charitable organization to donate too, The National Association for the Advancement of Sha Hayes is up and running. Hit me on Facebook!
Sha Hayes is a comedian and freelance writer who currently resides in New York.