Beyonce says that she didn’t understand why people were so critical of her trip to Cuba with husband Jay-Z. The two were seeking to have some fun in the sun, only to find that there was a mess of controversy waiting for her back in the states. She did’t mean any harm and took to “Good Morning America” to explain it all away.
“It was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. I learned so much about so many people and the country and it was actually quite shocking,” she told ABC’s Amy Robach.
The trip was criticized by those who want the US government to continue sanctions against the country and punish those who reward the country with tourism. So, it appears that the couple has walked right into a nasty political mess.
Beyonce and Jay-Z’s visit to Havana, where they celebrated their fifth anniversary, drew criticism from some politicians who objected to what appeared to be a celebrity tourist jaunt to the embargoed country.
Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., petitioned the Treasury Department to explain what qualifications Jay-Z and Beyonce met to visit Cuba, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., added to the criticisms. The Treasury Department responded to concerns about the trip, saying that Jay-Z and Beyonce participated in an authorized education exchange program.
Nevertheless, the controversy went all the way up to the White House, as Jay-Z and Beyonce had campaigned for President Barack Obama’s re-election. The White House denied any involvement in granting permission for the couple to travel to Cuba.
Obama told the “Today” show, “My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. You know, this is not something the White House was involved with. We’ve got better things to do.”
Jay-Z also addressed the criticisms launched by lawmakers, albeit less demurely than his wife. In “Open Letter,” a song released last month, he rapped: “Politicians never did s–t for me/except lie to me, distort history/ wanna give me jail time and a fine/fine, let me commit a real crime.”
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