Bravo and much respect to Nelly Furtado, who Tweeted that she cannot keep the $1 million she was paid for a private concert for Libya's Gadhafi family. Furtado will donate the sum to charity.
Continued silence from Beyoncé, Usher, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and others, who were paid millions to perform for Mutassim Gadhafi, the son of Col. Muammar Gadhafi and the Libyan national security adviser coordinating the bloody crackdown that has killed thousands in the past two weeks. In addition to ordering soldiers and mercenaries to spray civilian crowds with machine guns, the Gadhafis have also ordered helicopter and bomber strikes.
Those celebrities' position has become even more tenuous: The United Nations has referred Mutassim Gadhafi, his brothers and Col. Muammar Gadhafi to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for war crimes.
Music industry sources acknowledge most artists are "probably not" told exactly who pays for many of these extravagant private parties ... but most do not care. Metallica agent Dennis Arfa tells Rolling Stone, "Not every artist is a humanitarian. In more cases than not, for people, greed rules."
It's a good thing that Beyoncé and Usher already cashed their checks. The United States is moving warships toward Libya and has frozen $30 billion in Libyan assets. Britain has also frozen billions in Libyan assets.