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Why Kanye West Would Find Himself “In Prison” In Another Country

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Kanye West is being slammed by the Human Rights Foundation for his weekend performance in Kazakhstan. The rapper was paid $3 million to perform at the wedding of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson, a country where his lyrics and music might land him in prison if he were a native.

“Kazakhstan is a human rights wasteland,” said HRF President Thor Halvorssen. “The regime crushes freedom of speech and association; someone like Kanye, who makes a living expressing his views, would find himself in a prison under Nazarbayev’s rule. This particular dictator’s ruthless behavior includes kidnapping the families of dissidents to his rule and abusing judicial systems across the world in persecuting his opponents.”

West’s performance comes on the heels of a similar concert given by Jennifer Lopez for the dictator of neighboring Turkmenistan earlier this summer. Over the years, Lopez has reportedly made $10 million performing for other “dictators and their cronies,” the HFR claims.

“The millions of dollars paid to Kanye came from the loot stolen from the Kazakhstan treasury. He has supported numerous charities throughout his career, including a few specifically focused on international human rights work. Kanye has entertained a brutal killer and his entourage. Will he follow J.Lo’s lead and simply remain hypocritically oblivious to the plight of some of the world’s most oppressed people? It’s up to the public to hold them accountable,” said Garry Kasparov, chairman of the Human Rights Foundation.

While Kanye and Jennifer may not have a conscience, iconic rocker Sting does. In 2011, he refused to play a private concert Kazakhstan, citing concern over the repression of workers in the country.

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Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract

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Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.

Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four  and clarified what really happened.

“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained.  “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”

H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”

She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.

They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.

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