Jay-z Beyonce Cuba Trip

Jay-Z Responds to Cuba Trip Criticism

We haven’t seen Cuban exiles get so fired up since Elián Gonzalez reached the shores of Florida. This time, the ridiculous US embargo on Cuba was put back on the spotlight when Jay-Z and Beyonce hit Havana for their 5-year wedding anniversary.

The trip was part of a “people-to-people” program approved by the U.S. Treasury. Apparently it wasn’t aware that Hip Hop’s most powerful couple would be visiting a country under a severe U.S. trade embargo since 1960, after Fidel Castro deposed Batista’s puppet dictatorship. The couple purportedly didn’t receive any special treatment while on the island.

Given their connexion with Barack Obama, this became quite quickly a free-for-all for staunch anti-communist Florida Republicans. This comes as no surprise, as most of their votes and money come from disgruntled Cubans from the Batista regime and the people who were shipped on the same boat as Tony Montana. These are the same people who forced Carlos Santana to apologize for wearing a Che Guevara shirt.

Senator Marco Rubio, one of very few high profile Republican Latinos, was pretty pissed:

“According to recent news reports, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Cuba trip, which the regime seized on for propaganda purposes, was fully licensed by the Treasury Department.  If true, the Obama Administration should explain exactly how trips like these comply with U.S. law and regulations governing travel to Cuba and it should disclose how many more of these trips they have licensed.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) also sent a letter  to the Treasury Department asking for more information on the vacation.

Though “Right to movement” is a fundamental constitutional right in the United States, there is one exception: Cuba. This exception to the rule is allowed because it bars people from buying anything in Cuba, and the excuse is that this benefits the communist regime. Over 50 years after the embargo began, nothing can be more uncertain, as the U.S. isolationist policy has given a lot of political capital to Cuban leadership and discredited the exiles who support this policy.

Rubio’s position becomes particularly hypocritical when last month he he called Hov a “modern day poet” during a filibuster procedure and quoted “A week ago”, a song about illegally selling crack. Seems he is suffering from a serious case of lover hater syndrome.

Trying to connect Jigga-man and the Prez to communism over this type of bogus scandal does nothing more than underline the completely absurd positions of Cuban exiles who are still nostalgic of the Cold War.

King Hova responded to the haters with “Open Letter” (prod. Swizz Beats). Sixteen hours after being uploaded, the song already had over 800 000 plays:

The lyrics shed light on Hov’s political wisdom:

“They wanna give me jail time and a fine /Fine, let me commit a real crime/I might buy a kilo from Chief Keef/I just might, I just might flood the streets/ […] Obama said, ‘Chill you gonna get me impeached’/ You don’t need this shit anyway, chill with me on the beach”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to a reporter asking if Obama personally approved the trip:

“I am absolutely saying that the White house from the President on down had nothing to do with anybody’s travel to Cuba that is something that Treasury handles”, he says.

He added: “It’s a song, Donovan. The President did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.”

We haven’t heard from Castro yet, but he must be amused by this mini-scandal involving a rapper who famously called himself “Che Guevara with bling on”.


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