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Beyoncé And Jay-Z's Cuban Vacation Being INVESTIGATED?! Republicans Think They Violated SANCTIONS To Travel There!

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We guess this could actually be a pretty serious problem!

What was supposed to be a happy, fifth anniversary vacation to Cuba for Beyoncé and Jay-Z has apparently prompted some serious backlash for the celebrity couple…and now, possibly even an investigation from the Obama administration!

That is, if two Florida Republicans have it their way!

As we've reported, questions have arisen over how Bey and Jay were allowed to travel to the communist country, which is illegal under the United States' fifty-year old embargo on it, and Former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and her colleague Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart have now reportedly sent a letter to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, requesting an investigation be opened to determine whether or not the pair violated any sanctions with their trip.

The letter reads:

We write to express concern and to request information regarding the highly publicized trip by U.S. musicians Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Beyoncé) and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) to Cuba. We would like to respectfully request, within all applicable rules and guidelines, information regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel. […]

Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled; therefore, U.S. dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people.

Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda.

Now, the only way for Americans to legally travel to Cuba is to be approved for a “people-to-people licences," AKA a visa that allows for educational or cultural exchanges between the countries!

It's POSSIBLE that the Obama administration allowed them to go under such conditions, but obviously, this a problem, due to the nature in which the trip has been publicized!

What do U think?? Should Beyoncé And Jay-Z's trip be investigated further??

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102 comments to “Beyoncé And Jay-Z's Cuban Vacation Being INVESTIGATED?! Republicans Think They Violated SANCTIONS To Travel There!”

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  1. Hollywood Lies says – reply to this


    Great parents. Where is their daughter? Oh wait, they don't have one.

  2. Sara says – reply to this



  3. bart simpson says – reply to this


    Republicans need to shut the fuck up i bet jay z paid for the trip

  4. ONIT says – reply to this


    Republicans think so? They supported Obama, so Republicans do want to hurt them. That's the way it is.

  5. 5

    There the 1%, they can do whatever they want…

  6. Brit says – reply to this


    rules are rules..let them investigate, if there isn't anything to hide then what is the harm?

  7. kae says – reply to this


    Re: Sara – She is with Beyonce's sister.

  8. 8

    i have ZERO respect for these assholes - they literally BRAGGED about their fuggo kicks made of ELEPHANT SKIN. ****WHO DOES SHIT LIKE THAT??!**** - these are NOT good people.

  9. Spence says – reply to this


    It's ridiculous shit like this that makes me glad to be a Canadian. Seriously, who cares if they want to visit Cuba.

  10. eye roll says – reply to this


    omfg america needs to get over the cold war mentality…. """communism""" is not a threat to you!

  11. 11

    America is stupid.
    Everybody can go to Cuba… except Americans.

  12. Shocker says – reply to this


    It's sad that, with all the current issues plaguing America, this is what the government (in this case republicans) choose to focus on. FOCUS ON POVERTY IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY. FOCUS ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT. FOCUS ON THINGS THAT ARE REAL. Do I feel like their visit reinforces oppression in Cuba, NO. Dozens of tourists from all over the world go to Cuba. They don't support the oppression, no one does. Is money from tourism helping the Cuban people? Of course it is.

  13. Ana says – reply to this


    While it isn't illegal in my country to go to Cuba (and I honestly find it weird that it is forbidden), I think that if a country has specific laws, they must apply to anyone. They should be investigated because to me they should have the exact rights of other americans.

  14. Joe Vallez says – reply to this


    I think everyones missing the point.. Its not that they went to Cuba… Or agree with that system.. Or love Fidel for that matter… Americans have the right to be communist. The problem is that if we (the 99.9%) did it we would go to jail and be bankrupted, so in America I dont have the same 'rights' as the next guy? Or.. Are those for sale out in the open now? Oh.. One more thing no one mentions… The daily dollar spend limit by US Federal Law is $100/day. Think J spent that every hour!
    -I am Cuban.. I know a lil bout dis. ;P

  15. OMG says – reply to this


    Are you fucking kidding me? The repubs have nothing better to do than focus on these two clowns' trip to Cuba. Who fucking cares? How about you assholes focus on the economy, the lack of healthcare, issues that matter. How about child poverty and the environment. Get your heads out of your asses and focus on the shit that matters.

  16. karen says – reply to this


    US citizens can fly there legally from Mexico.

  17. 17

    wow Perez you can actually write like a journo. More like this & less 'lolz'

  18. Ali says – reply to this


    Dumb and dumber. They have no loyalty to America. The America that made them rich off of their rap "music." So sad that they are so arrogant and dumb. Nobody on these comments has any clue or understanding of why we have an ongoing embargo on Cuba. How sad that our country is getting so dumb. Even if most of these commenters read about the cuban missile crisis, I doubt any of them would be smart enough to even understand it and it's LONG TERM implications.

  19. JAMA says – reply to this


    Before Castro there was Batista. He allowed gambling, prositution, drugs, and the Mafia had fulll charge. He also tortured prisoners. The USA got a kickback. In comes Castro and kick out Batista, sent the Mafia packing, stop the other stuff. When Castro ask the USA for a import/outport trade to help get Cuba started on the right path, the USA said NO. Russia offered to help, and Castro said okay. Castro was not a commie, but it angered the USA because he accepted help from Russia. The reason no fly zone . We are only free to do certain things our elite leaders allow, rather Dems or Repub. a senator is anger because of how women and others are treated in Cuba, but look at the women's rights the GOP/tea party are taking away, and medicare for the poor especially cancer patients

  20. hilarious says – reply to this


    this is hilarious! the USA never cease to amaze me in how truly ridiculous their government is. yes Cuba is a communist country- GET OVER IT! I study economics and Cuba spends more money on human welfare given their GDP than any other country in the world. They have high literacy levels, free healthcare, they live longer on average than Americans.
    Yes there are things that need to change in their country but the embargo the USA supposedly still has in place for humanitarian purposes is hurting Cubans more than helping them.
    It is disgusting the USA can still have in place the embargo on Cuba after what? 3-4 times the UN has demanded them to stop it.

    I was in Cuba earlier this year, the people are so beautiful and its a shame they suffer because their government and the American government cant get over their differences.

  21. bteri says – reply to this


    Re: bart simpson – Are you really this stupid? This isnt about Democrats and Republicans –There are a lot of Cubans and Cuban AMericans in our country furious that Beyonce and JayZ are acting like tourist, pumping loads of money into the Cuban govt and helping them- THATS the problem. Notice even Perez, with his Cuban background isnt jumping on the Republicans with this one?

  22. bteri says – reply to this


    Re: BritRe: Spence – How about all the Cubans that escaped and are living in the US and in Florida where one of those Republican Reps is. Its complaints from Cuban Americans that sparked the outrage at Beyonce adn JayZ not Republicans going after obama supporters. This is about Beyonce and JayZ being tourists and makign money for the Cuban govt helping them hide their corruption and lies.

  23. bTeri says – reply to this


    Re: OMG – If you are worried about the economy why dont you go after Obama who h as done nothing but explode our debt and deficit, keep 8 million Americans out of work and is still the captain of the worst recovery in a century.

  24. Hypocrite says – reply to this


    I find it funny that Perez Hilton would mention that these two politians are republican yet, leave out the fact, that they both also happen to be CUBAN……. I'm pretty sure that is the reason that they are upset. I guess it's easier for Perez to forget that's his parents migrated from Cuba to escape communism, then to kiss Jay-Z and Beyonces ass. I hope the day Fidel finally dies, you just report it as news, and don't choose that moment to actually take a stand for you and your families heritage.

  25. sylvia19544591 says – reply to this


    they are the truly entitled %1.. i have never understood how JZ an admitted drug dealer could ever be let close to a USA Prez..( Oh Ya $$$$ to the DNC +) The Obama White House is so lacking integrity. I bet JZ and Bey claim sharing culture and arts….No concert!!..

  26. 26

    Re: Ana – Thank you!

  27. 27

    This is fucking ridiculous. So what? They went to Cuba. Republicans being dicks as usual.

  28. Mr Pete says – reply to this


    The conditions of the Cuban people is horrible
    even much worse for Black Cubans
    By supporting Cuba with their tourist $$$$, and by making Cuba look like a good destination ,they are supporting the repression of these people

  29. 29

    i have a canadian friend about to go to cuba invited me actually but im not sure ill go

    u would think politicians had more important stuff to do since the country is going down the tubes than care what beyonce is doing clearly they were there to educate the people how the filthy rich live ..

  30. sliput14 says – reply to this


    it actually is not illegal to travel to Cuba, it is illegal for Americans to spend money in Cuba. So there are various scenarios where they could travel there and have it payed for by people outside of the US where the trip would be legal.

  31. azwi says – reply to this


    The GOP are so hateful, vindictive and jealous. If it were up to John McCain he would of bombed, invaded, and had a outright war with Cuba. They're just jealous too, because Beyonce' did such a terrific job for President Obama.

  32. Maggie says – reply to this


    Re: bart simpson – It is not about who paid for the trip - it is about traveling when there are US travel sanctions against Cuba when you or I would not be allowed to go. There are good reasons we have this arrangement against Cuba with Castro in place and just because they are famous singers doesn't mean they are above the law.

  33. caravaggio_comedic says – reply to this


    Ohh Im laughing my ass off.

  34. Channelive says – reply to this


    Dont the politicians have something better to do , like fix Sequestration and stop Furloughs . Send a letter to yourselves about that

  35. Adriana says – reply to this


    I just emailed that sad women that has nothing better to do then spend time concerning herself with what celebrities do for their anniversary. How is them traveling to Cuba any of her concern the fucking rules and regulations that we live under its sad.

  36. 36

    why don't some of you who don't understand the travel ban to Cuba read a book. alot of people died and had their property taken by these dictators. why are these celebs so drawn to dictators? didn't these two creep party with Gadafy? Yes they did.

  37. Jackie says – reply to this


    you can fly commercial from tampa to cuba..it became legal this year

  38. 38

    Another elitist couple…. i am sure Gwyneth had something to do with it.

    If they're innocent, then who cares.

    I am sure they're not.

    LOL, "where's Poison Ivy?"

  39. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Adriana – The current regulations regarding travel to Cuba are in place to apply legislated policy, and therefore apply to every American. Michael Moore got in trouble and was investigated for boating to Cuba to hilight and contrast their universal health care. You can go, but are required to follow established protocol. Maybe they did; but these two reps want the info.

  40. Ali says – reply to this


    Re: soso78 – You obviously weren't paying attention in Social Studies and History class were you?

  41. Ali says – reply to this


    Re: overthere – Educate yourself you ignorant moron.

  42. Ali says – reply to this


    Re: Maggie – Maggie, sadly most on this message board are too dumb to even comprehend this. It's beyond them and just easier for them to speak in ignorance. It's very sad to see this level of stupidity.

  43. 43

    Why do we still have an embargo on them? There are a lot worse communist and corrupt places out there that we're allowed to travel to, yet not Cuba?

  44. Ali says – reply to this


    Re: New Jersey Dude – LOL, I was just thinking the same thing. You know Goopy is involved in some way.

  45. Ali says – reply to this


    Re: Adriana – Adriana, Please, leave and go live somewhere else. Sadly, you don't seem to "get it." But that's expected. The cuban missile crisis is WAY over your head obviously. Sad that you didn't pay more attention in history class and that you weren't able to cut it with your free education that obviously did no good what-so-ever with you. There's always adult night school and I bet you could still get your GED if you REALLY tried hard.

  46. Ali says – reply to this


    Re: somegirl24601 – You aks a good question. At least you're asking before you make an ignorant comment. Why don't you google "Cuban Missile Crisis" and educate yourself so you can personally grasp why this embargo is still in place. If more would ask and educate themselves before blindly babbling nonsense we'd all be in a better place.

  47. 47

    They are simply grandstanding for their Cuban-American constituents, who all of you can thank for the continued embargo. These people have way more clout than they are entitled to IMO. Now go fix the sequester problem, I travel next month and if TSA does not have enough agents I will vote against every incumbent in the next election regardless of party and will email them as to why they will not get my vote.

  48. 48

    Given that Bey's tour begins on April 15th, why not go to Cuba? The Bey publicity machine knew that this trip would be blogged and reported about all over the world. It's kinda interesting that Bey and J take mama Knowles with them for their "anniversary" vacation.

  49. Marc C says – reply to this


    Re: bart simpson – Are you a juvenile? The issue is not whether Jay-Z paid for the trip or not, the issue is that US citizens are not permitted to travel there unless it's for educational/cultural purposes. Can you read?

  50. Dr. Howard says – reply to this


    America is suppose to be free and we as the people are contained or confined in one country. If you are going on a trip with your wife then you only need a visa. No one should have to be investigated just for taking a trip. Republicans and Democrats goes out the country almost every year and they didn't get investigated. Dennis Rodman just went out he country and he didn't get investigated. LEAVE THEM ALONE THEY ARE AMERICANS AND THEY PAID FOR THE TRIP. LET IT REST!

  51. BigBlatino says – reply to this


    Um, somehow I am sure that two successful business-people worth about a billion dollars combined made sure they got approval. Thousands of Americans travel to Cuba every year, because the policy is STUPID and HAS NOT WORKED!!!! I don't support the regime, but the policy needs to change.

  52. Juan says – reply to this


    Re: azwi – Really? Are you that childish and small minded? First off, both Republicans that are questioning the Carters' vacation are of Cuban descent, one was even born in Cuba. I'm pretty sure their concern about this trip runs deeper than whether or not Beyonce did a "terrific" job for Obama, which is debatable anyway, considering she lip-sycned.

  53. Jaded28 says – reply to this


    Actually you can go to Cuba if you go with a tour group, or if you get a visa to go. As they are both artists it's not very difficult to get permission to go.
    I just booked a photography trip to go that is completely legal.

    Some politicians are so fucking stupid.

  54. CLM says – reply to this


    The Cold War has been over for years and Cuba poses no threat to the U.S. It's time to stop the ridiculous policy that prohibits U.S. citizens from exercising their rights to travel to this country. Please consider signing the petition to make travel to Cuba legal and to begin normalizing relations with our neighbor to the south:

  55. Mr Clean says – reply to this


    Re: lacroix – They're

  56. 56

    i think its pretty sick going someplace where the people are in famously bad condition as a "VACATION." thought this was a snitch thing @ 1st but actually in all consideration i dont give fck

  57. Mrsbroadwell says – reply to this


    Re: bart simpson – Those republican senators deserve respect, so you can just stop talking. You sound ignorant. The senators make a valid point as to WHY they went there, tourism to Cuba is illegal. There is a reason there has been an embargo in place for so long. So Bart Simpson, YOU need to shut the fuck up. The senators aren't saying they didn't pay for the trip but where the money they paid, went.

  58. 58

    This is a bull crap, republicans need to shut up

  59. 59

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  60. 60

    What a typical waste of time. We are in the middle of a sequester, and a this is the biggest concern of a few Republicans. Pathetic.

  61. 61

    Two things… (1) it is ridiculous that there is policy forbidding Americans from being tourists in Cuba, and (2) this is really what our government representatives are wasting time on when we have incredibly critical problems going on in this country? WTF!!!

  62. Olimpiagirl says – reply to this


    Re: overthere – I totally agree!!

  63. JR says – reply to this


    You can see the devil in Jay-Z in this pic. That man scares me.

  64. 64

    Yeah they should absolutely be investigated! They've broken the law! I voted for Obama and support him in most points but if he had anything to do with enabling them to do this, he should catch a rash of shit in the media.

    And as for you Canadians who just can't understand why anyone would want to enforce the embargo (or my fellow liberals), you need to pick up a book and read about the bloody revolution that divided my family and my country. Or read Yoanis Sanchez' blog to find out what's currently going on in the country.

    Tourism does NOT help the Cuban people because all businesses are owned by the country and enrich the controllling and ONLY party - the communists. Private enterprise exists only in theory in Cuba and ownership of property as we have in the U.S. is a dream they haven't realized.

    So, please, learn a little about the country you're visiting, Canooks, instead of just laying around their beaches getting hammered then celebrating how much you're helping Cubans.

  65. 65

    These people suck! Those "republicans" you pointed out happen to be Cuban Americans who know of the atrocities that have gone on in Cuba for so long! Why do you think so many refugees try to get to the U.S.? Damn it people! Open your freakin eyes! Do you know women are beaten daily, citizens have little or no human rights! Chalk this up to 2 elitest visiting a dictator because they can, just like Rodman! And their fake baby is probs with her 8 nannies!

  66. von says – reply to this


    Re: kae – they should spend their money on something better that investigating B and J

  67. SibeHauler says – reply to this


    When Arnold Schwarzeneggar went to Havana to buy cigars they said what? Nada! J'Lo and a host of other entertainers have been there too. And they said what? You guessed it.

  68. mangymutt says – reply to this


    the harm is not by beyoce and jayz paying for their own trip to cuba…the harm is in the fact that it is ILLEGAL to travel to cuba if you are an American citizen. There is a law that states you cannot go to Cuba if you are an american citizen because the US has placed an embargo on that country because of the way they treat their citizens. So NO you cannot go to CUBA no matter WHO you are or how much MONEY you have…this just shows how stupid Beyonce and Jay z are and that they think they are above everyone else. All it showed me was how ill informed they are. By being there they are supporting how Cuba treats their people and in essence it's showing support of what they are doing to their people. Re: BritRe: Brit

  69. mangymutt says – reply to this


    It's not about communism being a threat to the US. It's about how a dictator has ruled that country for years and years and how their people in Cuba have been persecuted and their rights and freedoms have been taken away. Why do you think so many Cubans are willing to risk their lives to get into a crappy boat and try and make it to the US? It's because they are so desperate to leave their country they are willing to die. Re: eye roll

  70. mangymutt says – reply to this


    Re: karen – US citizens can't fly there legally from Mexico…it's still ILLEGAL it's just that Mexico have an embargo against cuba so they have flight there. It's all done on the down low. Americans fly to places like mexico or jamaica and can get a plane or boat to go to cuba. The cuban authorities don't stamp their passports because they know it's illegal for americans to be there so there will be no evidence of their entry to cuba. So no it's no legal for american citizens to fly there from mexico.

  71. mangymutt says – reply to this


    Re: hilarious – that's why thousands of cubans are trying to leave the country? Because it's a great place to live…riiiiiiiight. Why don't you ask a few cuban americans why they were willing to die by getting on a boat to cross the ocean to come to america if it is such a wonderful place to live????

  72. mangymutt says – reply to this


    Re: soso78 – do some reading on the subject of cuba and you will understand why what beyonce and jay z are doing is wrong. Cuba mistreats its people and they have been oppressed for years! A physician in cuba makes more money being a manicurist than practicing medicine in cuba. The leaders have been siphoning off all the country's money for themselves than using it to improve their country. The list goes on and on.

  73. mangymutt says – reply to this


    Re: Dr. Howard – what kind of dr. are you? An uneducated one because you don't know why we do not allow american citizens to go to cuba. READ and EDUCATE yourself.

  74. mangymutt says – reply to this



    You are so far removed from your Cuban heritage you wouldn't even know why two famous americans traveling to cuba is wrong. All you see if that it's beyonce and Jay z. Is your mother a cuban immigrant? Ask her why she left Cuba if it's such a great place. Stop idolizing idiots like beyonce and jay z because it's just one idiot idolizing another idiot. Why state that the two people asking to investigate this issue are 'republicans'? What does it matter if they are republicans? What you should have seen is that they are both of cuban decent and are offended that two celebrities went to cuba without thought to what they were doing. Again celebrities thinking without thinking. By beyonce and jay z being in cuba it's showing their ignorance of the american laws in place for a reason. You may not agree with why these laws are still in place, but the fact still stands that they are and by going there they broke the law and should be punished for it.

  75. tasha says – reply to this


    I agree they make a big deal out of anything

  76. Phuckyouropinion says – reply to this


    Actually thousands of Americans visit Cuba every year BUT it is not publicized so the do no get in trouble for it. I have more of a problem with Dennis rodman… He visited a country that threatens the US publicly constantly. And who care where their daughter was. Parents do like to take vacations and celebrate anniversaries WITHOUT their kids on their hip.

  77. Perez is a hypocrite says – reply to this


    Re: mangymutt – Perfctly said!!! Perez has completely forgotten that not only did his family migrate from Cuba but that he was born and raised in Miami, a city that wouldn't be what it is without, those Cubans that migrated. It used to state in his bio the he was Cuban American and now it just says American. Perez, you are a joke! You constantly stand up for gay rights yet you are completely fine with these two idiots visiting a country where the people, your people have no rights. I hope that as a new parent, you don't show your son, your shameful behavior. Your mother should be ashamed of you. I have seen you have more passion about Amanda Byrnes tweets then about your heritage.

  78. char says – reply to this


    Re bteri don't you get tired of always bashing our president…… like really ? I wish ppl like you get into office and see how hard to lead a county who can't even agree on issues that are important!!

  79. char says – reply to this


    Re: Ali – See that's why United states are falling apart. We aren't United at all. You're rude comments are sad. I hope karma bites you in the ass. There was a way to talk to ppl and you obviously don't have any home training.

  80. 80

    I find it scary that these uneducated people that have commented on this subject actually are allowed to vote. Obviously they never attended history classes. And we wonder why the US is in such a bad way.

  81. ashl says – reply to this


    Re: swaggy – why would she need publicity for her tour when it literally sold out the first few days it went on sale?

  82. 82

    Typical Obama supporters. They rant and rave and talk about how 'evil' rich people are, yet when it comes down to it, these two thumb their noses at the US government, break the law as they please, and act like the typical one-percenters that Obama and his supporters are always talking down.

  83. Stellarstar17 says – reply to this


    The ignorance and utter stupidity of some of the people that comment on here is appalling. It shows how uneducated people in this country are and how much more emphasis they put on defending the stupid celebrities they idolize, than understanding the reasoning for the investigation. Perez you are a sad excuse for a man of Cuban descent, not long ago I saw you posting about your hatred for Fidel Castro now you defend this scum that goes to the country that your family risked their lives to flee, all for your freedom and safety. Jay z and beyonce are nothing but a couple of self entitled assholes, that believe they are above the law. If its found that they were given a free pass by anyone in government they all she should be prosecuted just as any "normal" American would be. FUCK JAYZ AND BEYONCE

  84. OhPlease says – reply to this


    Blue has an aunt named Solange. Why wouldn't she spend that time with her before she leaves with Mommy on her world tour? Also, the trip was sanctioned by the Treasury Dept so this is a non-issue. The Repubicans need to stop wasting taxpayers money and do something that matters.

  85. Michelle D. says – reply to this


    So many exclamation points…

  86. kim says – reply to this


    It's against the law for an American to visit Cuba for a vacation.
    But because we have a black president, the blacks feel they don't
    have to obey American laws. traitor & commies come in all color

  87. Kim says – reply to this


    Re: Ana – it's just one more thing of fuck-ups the liberal has
    done for Americans, I think these two asshole who went to Cuba should be jailed
    as traitors. but you liberals will probably give them a medal for braking the law.

  88. in the know says – reply to this


    Re: karen – US citizens CAN NOT fly legally to Cuba from Mexico. This is why the Cuban government doesn't stamp their passports. You can get there from Mexico but it's not legal.

  89. rachybaby says – reply to this


    Re: hilarious – The GOP/Tea Party are 'taking away women's rights'?? And you believe this becuuuuuzz someone told you that? Or a bunch of people repeated it a billion times until it seeped into your noggin?

    Why don't use the brain God gave to use common sense, think for yourself, and do your own research. Right up until that point you mostly made sense…right up until that point…

  90. Jack says – reply to this


    Yep, Beyonce is a personal friend of the Obama's. permit to violate the restrictions, no prob.

  91. chillax62 says – reply to this


    Re: Ali – Are you saying you're the only smart fucker out here since "nobody" commenting here has an idea?
    Get a life!

  92. chillax62 says – reply to this


    Re: Ali – Wow… Just reading all your comments you're passing out for the most enlightened and educated one. What ever makes you think you can insult people, even if they had free education? What world do you live in? If you were really an "elite" like you pretend to be..; 1: You would not be on Perezhilton.com but on Wikipedia! 2. You would be humble and not say people here are not educated or commenting without thinking. I wish there were less people like you in the world, the world would truly be a better place!

  93. 93

    Yes, very important… I want my elected officials discussing the intentions and whereabouts of Jay-z and Beyonce on their latest vacation while on the clock… I can see my tax dollars are really going to good use. Why doesnt the government just cut a check to the women at work in the break room?

  94. Econ-Anthro Grad says – reply to this


    I think a lot of you need to do some more reading on Cuba or speak to a Cuban if at all possible. The Castro Regime murdered thousands of people and stole businesses from Cubans by threat of murder to reap all of the profits for themselves. Those who opposed him were thrown into jail for years and forced to live in squalid conditions in these jails naked, in order to humiliate them into signing contracts giving themselves over to 'communism'. In a country like Cuba every cent goes to the state, period. Tourism money gets filtered through the Regime and maybe if they are lucky a couple of the people working at the resorts might get a tip from a wealthy tourist. The fact of the matter is that most people reading this story are missing the point, it is illegal to go to Cuba no matter your political affiliations, wealth or apparent ‘celebrity’ status. Jay Z and Beyoncé spent the trip going to expensive restaurants and smoking Cuban cigars, that trip was tourism full stop. For those of you who keep saying that they shouldn’t be investigated because other ‘celebrities’ have violated the embargo, I would suggest that you inform your government of other violators so that they can be persecuted as well because NO ONE is above the law.

  95. Econ-Anthro Grad says – reply to this


    I feel it is necessary to state that I am Canadian Liberal who is dating an American of Cuban decent, this is an issue that drives him crazy. He will never be able to go to his family’s country or see his family’s home because Che Guevara forced them off their property with an AK 47 and turned their home into a luxury private resort for his cronies. But its ok because Jay Z turned his drug money into a music career and then used it to fundraise for politics, thank god occupy wall street had such an impact on the lives of the 1%. I would like to think that Democrats in America are as disgusted by this as anyone else, if not more. If you are so sick of the ‘Republican fat cat’ behavior why are you not outraged that these self-styled Democrats are disregarding everything that your party stands for?

  96. Bet1926 says – reply to this


    Re: JAMA – This is a reply from the heart. My parents were born and raised in Havana, both from middleclass families. They imigrated to the U.S.in 1961 with their families. Many of their young friends were not so lucky and came through a network called "Pedro Pan", they came without their parents to live in host families until their parents could join them. I am 48 years old-born in the U.S. I have only visited the place were my parents grew up and lived as children and teenagers in my imagination and dreams. As a family, none of us want to do so while the country is without human rights.Before Batista, Cuba was a free country. Fidel (and he is a communist and was when he took over), took advantage of the people's repression with Batista and used this for his gain. The people who followed Castro on false intentions (under the impression that he would make Cuba free again) were tortured and killed when they went against him after realizing he was a communist .They were tortured and killed with no trial or jury. Just simply walked to the wall and shot. I'm really surprised with Beyonce and Jay-Z. They are either really ignorant or think way too highly of themselves. Both are pretty bad in my book.

  97. malloAgogo says – reply to this


    This bitch really think she a God or something….everything STILL applies to u too beyonce regardless of how much money u have. They think that they're better than everyone so rules don't apply to them. I use to be a fan but beyonce did a complete 360. Humble yourself, bitch. And how the fuck the us treasury approve a anniversary trip… If that's the goddamn case…. All of us Americans wanna take honeymoon trips to Cuba too.

  98. quatro-S says – reply to this


    Re: Shocker – quaTotally agree with you.Seems to me that Americans don't have a problem paying taxes to their government and that money being used to bomb and kill
    people around the world[while 40 million Americans don't have any medical ins. or coverage,3-4 million people lost their houses,billions are spent on army bases all over the world?],but they
    see "red' if JZ[or me] spend few bucks in Cuba,even though most of that money goes towards
    social programs-FREE housing,FREE medicare,FREE education,things that Americans can only dream about.In america you can talk all you want,call politicians names,bla,bla,bla,freedom of speech,but real power is with corporations,rich,politicians-not people.In Greek word "DEMOS' means people[democracy],but in biggest "democracy"in the world it is just a farce,people are just "paper pushers[ballots]for the rich and powerful!!!Look at yourself-Uriah heep

  99. Randall says – reply to this


    Heck , yes!!! They would most likely have spent a lot of money. Duh! If the average citizen can't travel there and spend money , WHY should they !

  100. quatro-S says – reply to this


    Re: Bet1926 – I personally know Cuban couple who live in huge colonial villa[not a party members,ordinary folks]that they inherited from parents.Husbands six brothers and sisters live in Miami by choice,not dissidents but economic migrants and they visit
    frequently.Only those who supported Batista's regime lost their properties.Speaking about properties,you and others don't have problem baying everything,from toothbrush to electronics
    from China,making biggest communist country second economy in the world,while as we speak people over there are being forced of their properties without compensation,jailed for their political views ,run over by tanks not to long ago,but it's all cool as long as your Made in China phone and computer function,so you can complain about your boyfriends
    nostalgia.Remember how our[and American] government treated Japanese during WW2 just for being who they are?Democracy,eh?S..t happens,get over it and move on.Cuba es autentica!!!!

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