“Million Dollar Baby” Oscar winner HILARY SWANK and the “Muscles from Brussels” JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME were slammed by a human rights group for dancing attendance at the birthday bash of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, a known dictator with a predilection for torture.
According to current news, the Human Rights Foundation deplored the fact that Swank and Van Damme, who were invited to attend the event in celebration of the Chechnya strongman’s birthday, Kadyrov being under fire himself for disappearances, torture and executions since his appointment by Vladimir Putin four years ago.
“Hilary Swank obviously has the right to earn a living entertaining the highest bidder, but this sort of venality should be exposed — especially after claiming she was not going. Would she have accepted an invitation to entertain Pinochet? Al-Qaeda? The apartheid government in Pretoria? We must remember the disgrace Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado, Beyonce and 50 Cent were exposed to after singing for Gaddafi’s family and earning millions of dollars for it.”
The Foundation said in a statement it released, also adding that it had sent letters to both Swank and Van Damme to desist from attending the event based on the human rights misdeeds allegedly committed by Kadyrov.
According to the Foundation, it even has video evidence of Van Damme taking to the stage and declaring:
“I love you, Mr. Kadyrov,”
while Swank was heard wishing the president a happy birthday and that she was “proud to be in Chechnya’s capital, Grozny.”
Well, what can Hilary Swank and Jean Claude Van Damme do? Entertainers have to perform where the money is, don’t they? Besides, if they did decline their respective invites, who knows, they might have been the next ones abducted and tortured…
We’re kidding, of course.
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