Beyonce and Jay-Z are coming under serious fire for choosing Cuba as their vacation destination on their fifth anniversary, but there is something that just doesn’t sit right with us – and it’s not Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Several U.S politicians and Cuban rights lobbyists are furious with the megastar couple for taking a trip to Cuba in the midst of all human rights issues that are taking place in the country now.
Mauricio Claver-Carone, the D.C. director for the US-Cuba Democracy PAC, told TMZ: “There are women getting beaten on a daily basis, women who are being jailed for no reason … people are fighting for their freedom. It’s extremely insensitive.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) are also interested in how the two were allowed to visit the country. For decades, it has been illegal for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba solely for tourism.
While I certainly agree with the fact that there are tons of beautiful destinations and the couple didn’t really need to pick Cuba at a time like this, what about all the other countries with serious human rights problems that the government ignores?
Women in Isreal are being beaten too. Women in Afghanistan are being killed because they got raped. Honor killings still take place in Pakistan. What about the numerous brutal rapings taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo? All the women who are forced to undergo genital mutilation and married off without a choice in Mali?
These countries aren’t banned from U.S travel but women there are undergoing cruel punishments and living with little to absolutely no rights, but we just turn the other cheek when these countries are pulled into question.
It certainly seems like the game of politics runs deep here and that the motives for wanting to keep Americans out of Cuba don’t necessarily extend from the human rights issues in the country.
Some critics of the investigation believe Republicans are trying to demonize Obama’s close buddies, but quite frankly I believe the issue runs far deeper than just trying to make one President look bad.
The game of politics is a nasty one people.
Either way, Bey and Jay are under close investigation and the government wants to know if they had all the permits they needed to even travel to the country in the first place.
Yeesh! While those are obviously serious human rights issues that deserve to be addressed and resolved as quickly and with as less violence as possible, we doubt the superstars meant any ill-will or malice by choosing the destination of their trip!
If the couple did travel to Cuba without the proper travel license they could pay a hefty fine and may face other consequences – but don’t worry. The trip won’t land the famous duo behind bars.