As our childish and biased media chuckles at President-elect Donald Trump's inability to attract some big name stars to perform at his upcoming inauguration celebration, there is a vital part of the story this very same media does not want to tell. The inconvenient part about how a number of these rich and famous celebrities, many of them Obama and Hillary supporters, have willingly performed in the past for murderous dictators, human rights abusers, and Russian gangsters.
Did you know that Beyoncé, who has performed live for both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, has also performed for the family of Libya's murderous dictator, the late-Muammar el-Qaddafi? For a fat seven-figure paycheck on New Year's Eve 2009, Bey belted out her hits for the Qaddafis at a lavish, champagne-soaked party. Also in attendance, her husband Jay-Z, hip-hop kingpin Russell Simmons, Usher, and Jon Bon Jovi.
The previous New Years Eve, Mariah Carey was paid $1 million to sing four songs for Qaddafi's son. In 2007, Nelly Furtado grabbed a cool $1 million to perform for the Qadaffi family.
Oh, and did you know rap superstar Nicki Minaj grabbed $2 million to perform for Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, a noted dictator and abuser of human rights?
Jennifer Lopez has reportedly earned some $10 million selling her soul to "dictators and crooks."
Sting -- say it isn't so!
This says as much about Hollywood and our political media as it does these performers.
Believe it or not, it actually works like this…
If you perform for murderers and gangsters, your Hollywood career is in no jeopardy whatsoever.
But if you jump off the Leftwing Plantation to perform for America's next duly-elected president, you will face the silent blacklist, the one where people quietly back away from you, stop calling you, and no longer consider you for various jobs.
On top of that, there will also be the unrelenting public attacks. Sing the "Star Spangled Banner" for Trump and you are an automatic Other -- an instant pariah. Immediately, many in the national media will join your show-biz colleagues to condemn you as a non-person, a sell-out, a Nazi, or worse.
No less than CNN published this warning just last week:
Celebrities shouldn't lend their fame to normalize or validate Trump's history of racism, bigotry and sexism. And by being a part of his inauguration they would be doing just that.
They would be saying it's OK Trump demonized Latinos, Muslims and immigrants. They would be telling us they are cool with his sexist remarks and mocking of a disabled reporter. And that they are not disgusted by Trump bragging in the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape about his sexually assaulting women and then publicly shaming the victims of his alleged sexual misconduct who had the courage to come forward.
Translation: That's a nice career you got there, be a shame if anything happened to it…
Shake your ass in a skintight outfit for the monster who shot down Pan-Am Flight 103 and its 270 passengers -- 189 of them Americans?
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