Jay Z and his wife Beyonce Knowles are in the eye of a storm for their recent trip to Cuba. The couple decided to spend their fifth anniversary in Havana.
Politicians from the Democratic Party have lodged their strong protest. They say that women are being jailed and beaten up for no reason in Cuba. Holidaying in Cuba at this time is thus extremely insensitive. It was also said that the couple ought to educate themselves on the human rights violations that are taking place in the country. They should have done this before spending their anniversary there. It is unclear why Jay Z and Beyonce chose Cuba over so many other possible destinations.
The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control however says that they have approved the trip. Did they actually do so, or is it just damage control? And anyway, Beyonce and Jay Z cannot really be absolved even if the trip was approved.
The rapper and his wife initially did not succeed in grabbing much attention when they visited all the major historical places in the country. They were allowed to dine quite peacefully at the restaurants they visited. The locals somehow failed to perceive that this was one of the better known celebrity couples.
It certainly sets a bad example, given the fact that Cuba and the United States does not really share the best of relations. And of course, the situation in Cuba is not exactly good for enjoying a holiday in. Both Jay Z and his wife need to read the newspapers a little more while they are choosing a holiday destination. As artists and musicians, it is imperative for them to know about the social conditions prevailing in a city, town or country before they visit. They will certainly get into such controversies if they are not doing so.
This is of course not the first time Beyonce Knowles in particular have courted trouble. The singer recently declared herself to be a feminist, saying that she strongly believed in this. She proved herself to be quite a hypocrite, when she sang “Bow Down” before an audience, and released it as a part of the Mrs. Carter album. The song has extremely misogynistic lyrics, which show that Beyonce is perfectly okay with anti-feminist content and words.
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