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Rubio calls rapper out on Che Guevara: Jay-Z needs to educate self

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Musical celebrities Jay-Z and Beyoncé have been the focus of a lot of media coverage since celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba last week.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, got involved in the story when he asked the Obama administration to explain how the trip was approved by the Treasury Department as a “cultural” visit, and now, in response to comments Jay-Z made upon returning to the United States, the junior senator from Florida weighs in again to say Jay-Z needs to get informed.

Jay-Z needs to get informed,” Rubio said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” as reported by Politico.

“One of his heroes is Che Guevara,” Rubio continued. “Che Guevara was a racist. Che Guevara was a racist that wrote extensively about the superiority of white Europeans over people of African descent, so he should inform himself on the guy that he’s propping up.”

Rubio then shifted focus to jailed Cuban rapper Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga.

“If Jay-Z was truly interested in the true state of affairs in Cuba, he would have met people that are being oppressed, including a hip-hop artist in Cuba who is right now being oppressed and persecuted and is undergoing a hunger strike because of his political lyrics,” Rubio said.

“And I think he missed an opportunity.  But that’s Jay-Z’s issue.”

Tom Tillison


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