Thor Halvorssen os not afraid to call out bad behavior. And if you are one of the biggest celebrities in the world performing for a brutal dictator, you can expect to be called out.
Recently, Halvorssen discovered that rapper Nicki Minaj was set to perform for Angolan tyrant, Jose Eduardo dos Santos and he was not too happy. In an open letter to Minaj be pleaded with her to reject a reported $2 million payday and cancel the concert.
Unfortunately, those pleas fell on deaf ears and Minaj went through with the show. Halvorssen and the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), which he founded, has a long history of shining a spotlight on entertainers who receive multi-million dollar salaries to perform for some of the worst dictators in the world.
From Kanye West to Jennifer Lopez to Beyonce, they have all fallen in the crosshairs of Halvorssen and the HRF. When Beyonce decided it would be a good idea to perform for then-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. After being exposed by Halvorssen, Beyonce made a public apology and donated her fee to charities in Haiti.
Thor Halvorssen has dedicated his life to fighting for human rights for all citizens around the world and he has no problem calling out celebrities who claim to stand for equality at home. but take money from repressive regimes abroad.
Nicki Minaj and Beyonce both claim to support the Black Live Matter movement and it was Halvorssen who questioned how they could ignore the plight of those black lives who are being punished by the very dictators for whom the women were performing.
The Human Rights Foundation was founded by Thor Halvorssen in 2005 and its sole purpose is to protect and promote human rights all over the globe. They have a focus on closed societies like North Korea.
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