R&B songstress Beyoncé and her hip-hop mogul hubby Jay-Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on the balmy shores of Cuba recently. But the pair’s visit to the island has now come under scrutiny, as they are being harshly criticized for supporting a repressive regime, reports TMZ.
Florida Republican representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of the 27th Congressional District and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of the 25th Congressional District, are calling on the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to request information on the type of license that Jay-Z and Beyoncé received to travel to Cuba.
The superstar power couple have been lambasted by the media and Cuban-American rights loyalists for spending their cash in a communist country that is notorious for relegating their Black population to a status of non-importance.
The famed Frommer’s series of travel books notes, for example, that Cuba’s guidebook warns that black (female) tourists can have a hard time entering hotels and restaurants because they are sometimes mistaken for Cuban prostitutes by security forces. Cuba is also responsible for the executions of three brave Afro-Cubans, Barbaro Sevilla Garcia, 21, Lorenzo Copello Castillo, 31, and Jorge Luis Martinez Isaac, 43, who in 2003, tried to escape from the island.
Caught and declared guilty in a quick mockery of a trial, they were sentenced to death soon thereafter. Fidel Castro, the island’s dictator until 2008, reportedly referred to the trio as just “three little blacks.”
The question remains: how can Beyoncé and Jay-Z support such a racist regime by dropping their dollars into an economy that winds up in the hands of those who perpetuate the island’s societal ills?
Cuba is currently the subject of an economic embargo by the United States.
Mauricio Claver-Carone, the D.C. director for the US-Cuba Democracy PAC, a group that is fighting for democracy in Cuba, skewered Beyoncé and Jay-Z for apparently not doing their homework before deciding to visit Cuba. Claver-Carone felt that the pair should have read up and educated themselves on the conditions that exist in the country before choosing it as a vacation destination.
Claver-Carone 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.”