By Olivia Joseph, For Agenda watchdog, April 19, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A star-studded televised concert featuring music legends and political figures has drawn angry online backlash for raising money for the controversial World Health Organization, amid allegations that the group is beholden to China and badly mishandled the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
The two-hour ‘One World: Together at Home’ event, led by the WHO and non-profit group ‘Global Citizen’ was broadcast across multiple television channels in the U.S. and overseas on Saturday.
The event’s corporate sponsors and other donors have already given $150 million, earmarked for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, organizers said.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump pulled all U.S. funding for the WHO, accounting for about half of the group’s budget, pending an investigation into the group’s handling of the pandemic, and particularly its relationship with China.
That didn’t stop, and perhaps encouraged, the who’s-who lineup of stars who joined the One World concert, including Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga, who gushed that WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom was a ‘superstar.’