For reasons many Americans can’t fathom, musical superstars Jay-Z and Beyoncé celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in oppressive, communist, apartheid Cuba.
Multiple news sources reported Cuban fans mobbed the couple as they ate and strolled through Old Havana on Wednesday and Thursday.
And the smiling, happy couple even indulged fans with a photo-op. The Improper published a photo of Beyoncé posing with a group of “Castro youth dedicated to revolution like Che Guevara.”
Needless to say, Cuban-Americans are furious at what they see as a propaganda-filled trip to a country that has oppressed citizens, imprisoned and beaten women, and denied basic human rights under the communist Castro regime.
The Obama administration reinstituted the relaxed travel restrictions from the Clinton administration, but Americans are still banned from traveling to Cuba for purely “tourist reasons.”
However, according to the Miami Herald:
“The government-run CubaSí website reported the couple is on a tourist visit, although that would be illegal under the half-century old U.S. embargo. Washington does issue special licenses, however, for cultural, religious, academic, and other types of visits.”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z spoke with several Cubans during their walk but declined to answer journalists’ questions on their visit to the communist-ruled island.
TMZ reported Cuban rights lobbyist Mauricio Claver-Carone wrote on his blog, “Capitol Hill Cubans,” the couple’s trip to the communist country was “insulting” and “insensitive.”
The Miami Herald reported more on Claver-Carone’s blog post:
“Will they also meet with dissident musicians or jailed opposition activists, asked Claver-Carone, who is also executive director of the U.S. Cuba Democracy political action committee in Washington.
“Or will they just wine and dine at the Castro regime’s hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs … fulfilling a propaganda dream for Cuba’s brutal dictatorship a la Dennis Rodman,” he added, referring to the retired basketball star’s recent trip to North Korea.”
In the well-established anti-Castro blog, Babalú, writer Alberto de la Cruz really ripped into Beyoncé in a post called, “Beyonce and Sonia: A tale of two black women in Cuba.”
Sonia Garro, de la Cruz wrote, is a black Cuban imprisoned “for the crime of demanding respect for human rights and the freedom to express her views.”
Beyoncé on the other hand “is enjoying the luxuries offered in Cuba only to foreigners, which is staffed by the slaves owned by the Cuban regime, the majority of which are Afro Cubans,” the article said.
The de la Cruz’s Babalú article continued:
For the most part, there has been little to no outcry over their incredibly insensitive and idiotic decision to vacation in Cuba and provide support and publicity for a racist regime that would have imprisoned her and her outspoken husband if they had the misfortune of being born in Cuba.
Now imagine how a black Cuban woman like Sonia Garro must feel after hearing that a prominent and influential black American woman has visited her country and instead of advocating for and demanding her release and the end of the apartheid system in Cuba, she is instead partying with regime officials and enjoying amenities not only built and maintained by enslaved blacks in Cuba, but denied to them as well.
Florida’s U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio are outspoken opponents of the eased travel restrictions and increased travel to Cuba, the Improper said.
Now, let us see if anyone demands an answer from Beyoncé and Jay-Z about whether they went to Cuba as tourists or for some other reason.
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