50 Cent: Donate Gaddafi Blood Money to Charity
  • Petitioned Barry Williams

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50 Cent
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Mike Lighty
Laurie Dobbins
Keesha Johnson
Agent, A List Talent Agency Inc.
Jeremiah "Ice" Younossi
Agent, Parc Landon
Anni Lam
Agent, American Talent Agency Inc.
Matthew "Mateo" Rajkumar
Literary Agent to 50 Cent
Marc Gerald
50 Cent's New York Agent
Cara Lewis
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Heather Brown
VP, G-Unit Records
Nikki Martin
Agent, William Morris Agency
Cara Lewis

50 Cent: Donate Gaddafi Blood Money to Charity

    1. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
    2. Petition by

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt

      New York, NY

March 2011


As Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi murders his own citizens, celebrities like Beyoncé, Usher, Mariah Carey and Nelly Furtado have admitted to performing for the Gaddafi clan and pledged to give their earnings to charity.

But after the first round of mea culpae, the momentum seemed to stop. That's when we launched our petition asking 50 Cent to donate his fee from a 2005 performance for the Gaddafi clan. A few days, and a few hundred signatures later, he announced he is making a donation to UNICEF.


A number of American celebrities have performed for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi: 50 Cent, Beyonce, Enrique Iglesias Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado, Timbaland and Usher.

But as Gaddafi and his sons lead the bloody suppression of a huge popular uprising, there has been growing international outrage over the collusion of well known celebrities with the Gaddafi family. In recognition that they're on the wrong side of history - many of the artists have started donating the fees they were paid. 

But there are more who should, and we call on them to donate their ill gotten gains rather than sitting on the profits they reaped from from one of the most brutal and longest serving dictators in the world.

Nelly Furtado, who performed for the Gaddafi family for 45 minutes at an Italian hotel in 2007, was first to announce she would give her $1 million earnings to charity. Beyoncé followed on March 3, announcing she had already given the $2m she received to perform at a Gaddafi family 2009 New Years bash to to the Haitian earthquake relief fund. Mariah Carey followed on March 4, saying she felt "horrible and embarrassed" for being paid $1 million to sing four songs at the same New Years party in 2008. Then on March 6 Usher, who was paid to perform and do the midnight countdown at the same New Years party, said he was "sincerely troubled" by the origin of the money and would give his earnings "to various human rights organisations."

But the celebrity dominoes seem to have stopped there.

50 Cent, Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias and Timbaland are all known to have been paid to perform for the Gaddafi family, and numerous celebrities like Jay-Z, Lindsay Lohan, Jon Bon Jovi, Bob Johnson, Russell Simmons and models Miranda Kerr and Victoria Silvsted all attended the private performances.

The performance by 50 Cent, the stage name of rapper Curtis James Jackson III, is particularly egregious. 50 Cent performed was paid an undisclosed sum to perform at the 2005 Venice film festival for Gaddafi son Mutassim Gaddafi, Libya's national security advisor.

Call on 50 Cent to do the right thing, follow the lead of Nelly Furtado, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Usher, and give his earnings from the Gaddafi gig to charity.

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Recent signatures


    1. Victory! 50 Cent donates Gaddafi fee to UNICEF

      Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      On Monday, we kicked off a petition asking Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson to donate the fee he’d received from performing for a private performance that the Venice Film Festival in 2005. A few days and a couple hundred signatures later, 50 wised up...

    2. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Success: 50 Cent is making a donation to UNICEF. I'm working to determine if it is equal to the fee he was paid for performing and hope to post this as a victory soon.

    3. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Rolling Stone as a look at some of the most high-profile artists who took money from Gaddafi, many of whom - not including 50 Cent - have since donated it.

    4. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Charlie Brooker has a satirical look at 50 Cent's silence on this issue

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Caught singing for tyrants? Don't be embarrassed. Do what 50 Cent does: embrace it

    7. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Usher the latest pop star shamed into dumping his Gaddafi money

    8. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Pepucho Lengualarga KEY BISCAYNE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      There are many more dictator socialistic governments, Cuba, Venezuela, and the list grows and grows were strong arms come in the middle of the night. Fear is a powerful silencer.

    • Patrick M. Donovan BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Perhaps you will find this guidance from Mahatma Ghandi useful as you consider this request:


      The same fair friend [Gandhi] wants readers of Young India to know, if they do not already, the following seven social sins:

      1. Politics without principles

      2. Wealth without work

      3. Pleasure without conscience

      4. Knowledge without character

      5. Commerce without morality

      6. Science without humanity

      7. Worship without sacrifice.

      Naturally, the friend [Gandhi] does not want the readers to know these things merely through the intellect but to know them through the heart so as to avoid them.

      Young India, 22-10-1925

      • over 3 years ago

      The fact that they would agree to perform for him in the first place shows their lack of scruples. Gaddafi didn't become a criminal overnight. He has been an oppressive dictator for decades.


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