No, No, Beyoncé Performed for Gadhafi's Other Son

Seif al-Islam's rep tries to give Gawker lesson in journalismism
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2010 7:14 AM CST

(Newser) – Beyoncé spent her New Year’s Eve performing for Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's son—although Seif al-Islam's PR firm will have you know it wasn't him, as originally reported. “She actually performed for Col. Gadhafi’s other shithead son, Hannibal,” writes Adrian Chen on Gawker, before running down a list of Hannibal's, er, achievements. Chen "corrects" Gawker's original story after an indignant email from aforementioned PR firm insisting that al-Islam was in New Zealand and not Beyoncé's show in St. Barts.

The rep also accused original writer Foster Kamer of “smearing” al-Islam simply because of incorrect “perceptions,” which Chen is quick to refute: “Foster smeared Seif al-Islam not because of his ‘perceptions’ of Col. Gadhafi, but because Col. Gadhafi is in fact a ranting, terrorist-backing shithead of truly staggering proportions. Not a ‘perception’: A cold, hard, metaphorical fact.” For more on the Beyoncé concert, see Mediaite and the New York Post.

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