Nelly Furtado's Tweet of righteousness (Twitter screen grab)
Canadian singer Nelly Furtado took to her Twitter account early Monday morning (Feb. 28) to let her fans know that she wants nothing to do with the fruits of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
As his stronghold on the country weakens, amid anti-government violent protests and increasing revelations of corruption, she revealed, "In 2007, I was paid 1million$ by the Gaddafi clan to play a 45min. show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate this $."
Gaddafi has amazed some $60 billion for himself and his family, including shares in one of Italy's largest banks, Unicredit, and Finmeccanica, producers of defesce equipment, according to Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant. Gaddafi reportedly keeps a substantial portion of his fortune in Italy, a former colony of Libya.
Furtado is not the only pop artist to have been paid an exorbitant fee to entertain the leader and his family. As Billboard reported on Feb. 23, Mariah Carey was reportedly paid $1 million to sing at a New Year's Day bash in 2009, and Beyonce and Usher were also allegedly hired by the family. Furtado is the only performer so far to decide to donate the equivalent of her pay to charity. She did not say which one.
Meanwhile, "Zenga Zenga Song," a YouTube video of Gaddafi's speech last week, auto-tuned and given a trance mix treatment, has received more than a million views. Creator Noy Alooshe, an Israeli journalist and musician, told the New York Times he received one message from a person who said if the Gaddafi regime fell, "We will dance to 'Zenga-Zenga' in the square."