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Petitioning Brand Manager Barry Williams and 14 others

50 Cent: Donate Gaddafi Blood Money to Charity


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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Letter to
Brand Manager Barry Williams
50 Cent's LA Agent Jim Wiatt
50 Cent
and 12 others
Manager Chris Lighty
Agent, Emmel Communications Inc. Mike Lighty
Manager Laurie Dobbins
Publicist 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
As Gaddafi and his sons lead the bloody suppression of a huge popular uprising, there has been understandable international outrage over the collusion of well known celebrities with the Gaddafi family.

While most major artists have given all money they earned from the Gaddafi family to charity, you sir have not.

Will you please reconsider?

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 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 Year's party, said he was "sincerely troubled" by the origin of the money and would give his earnings "to various human rights organizations."

Where is 50 Cent? You performed at the 2005 Venice film festival for Gaddafi son Mutassim Gaddafi, Libya's national security adviser.

Is it really worth damaging your image by accepting personal financial benefit from one of the most brutal and longest serving dictators in the world?

I 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 a charity promoting Libyan democracy or the global fight for human rights.

As Mariah Carey said in a statement: 
"This is a lesson for all artists to learn from... I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for... We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows. Ultimately, we as artists are to be held accountable."

50 Cent - show the same humility and give the money to a charity promoting Libyan democracy or the global fight for human rights.

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