As Western governments and oil companies are suddenly embarrassed about getting friendly with the crumbling Gadaffi regime over the past 10 years, a Canadian pop star also distances herself.
Libya's embattled ruling family are well known for their expensive tastes, and it has emerged that they paid pop stars like Mariah Carey and Usher huge fees for private performances over the years. Here's what we wrote after Beyonce performed for one of the Gadaffis.
Canadian chart-topper Nelly Furtado isn't waiting for critics to uncover her own involvement with the Libyan dictator, and decided to get in front of the potential controversy by announcing via Twitter that she plans on donating the million dollar performance fee she received from the clan in 2007.
For unexplained reasons, the original tweet from last night was deleted this morning, but just popped up again. We're going to assume that this wasn't a case of her having second thoughts after talking to her accountant, but rather just the accidental slip of a finger. As far as details about who she's going to give the money to, her label tells us to keep watching her Twitter account for more info.
It's a good move on her part, but we can't help but wonder why we haven't heard similar things from other performers who entertained Gadaffi over the years for big money.
UPDATE: Looks like some Canadian pop stars aren't buying Nelly Furtado's remorse, as Steven Page just tweeted a somewhat snarky response to her pledge to give the money to charity.
What do you guys think? Does the former Barenaked Lady have a point, or is he just trying to pick a fight on the internet to get his name in the media?