By James Hirsen
Two of the best-known names in popular culture, Kanye West and Beyonce Knowles, are getting some heat for their astonishing insensitivity to victims of human rights abuses. Both music superstars recently performed at the Kazakhstan wedding of the grandson of country’s brutal dictator.
Kanye’s case, media reports indicate that he was given a $3 million check for his entertainment services. A Kazakh billionaire and co-owner of one of the country's largest banks reportedly paid the rapper. The amount Beyonce received has not been reported.
Kanye has been using race and class issues to peddle his latest album, "Yeezus," as illustrated with song titles such as "New Slaves" and "Black Skinhead." He apparently has little concern for the oppressed people of Kazakhstan.
It was only a few months ago that Beyonce was embroiled in another human rights-related controversy, when in the spring of 2013 she and husband Jay-Z took a vacation to Cuba and allowed a repressive communist regime to use the couple's celebrity for propaganda purposes. [more...]