He told the Guardian, a British newspaper, that the concert was sponsored by UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, though the relief organization denies it was involved in the concert.
Hell, even the UN won't publicly admit to having anything to do with this guy. I guess even liars, crooks and thieves have a moral floor.
“I am well aware of the Uzbek president's appalling reputation in the field of human rights as well as the environment. I made the decision to play there in spite of that."
"I have come to believe that cultural boycotts are not only pointless gestures, they are counter-productive, where proscribed states are further robbed of the open commerce of ideas and art and as a result become even more closed, paranoid and insular."
So playing a secret, non disclosed concert for a dictator to line your pockets is somehow culturally enlightening? Yeah, and I'm Gandhi. The sheer unmitigated hypocrisy that this man shows, the arrogance he extrudes is mind boggling. Look there Stuart, if you're gonna practice capitalism, just come out and downright support it.