Should stars who performed for the Gaddafi family donate their earnings to charity? Beyoncé sang for Muammar Gaddafi’s son in 2009, but after the Libyan dictator’s recent atrocities, she said she gave her earnings to charity. Should others follow suit? Our experts disagree.
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THEY SHOULD GIVE IT TO LIBYANS
Stars have a moral obligation, after performing for these murderers, to give the blood money they earned back to the Libyan people. And I would encourage them to do more for those suffering at the hands of a dictator who has absolutely no regard for human life. A benefit concert or telethon would be great — something to show their support and give much-needed relief.
—Dina Duella, an L.A.-based communications professional and Libyan-American
IT’S NOT NECESSARY
Gaddafi is a bad man. But as recently as 2008, he was seen as rehabilitated. He even gave up his nuclear program. His crimes against his own people have thrust him back into the spotlight, but that doesn’t change the circumstances under which these stars performed. It would be nice if they donated their earnings to a cause, particularly one aiding the people of Libya. But keeping the money wouldn’t make them bad people.
— James Joyner, publisher of Outsidethebeltway.com
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