Smart move. Whoever made this decision to begin with should be fired!
Jennifer Lopez was scheduled to perform in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus later this month. The problem is that particular part of the world is not recognized by either the United Nations or the European Union because it is currently occupied illegally by the Turkish military.
As it is not recognized as an independent sovereign state, multiple Greek and Cypriot politicians were furious to hear claims that Lopez had agreed to perform at a swanky hotel in Northern Cyprus on July 24.
But never fear Euro-cratics! J. Lo is not going ANYWHERE near Cyprus. Her rep cleared things up, saying:
"Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse. After a full review of the relevant circumstances in Cyprus, it was the decision of management to withdraw from the appearance. This was a team decision that reflects our sensitivity to the political realities of the region."
Seriously, Jen. Were profits from The Back-Up Plan so bad that you promised to play concerts ANYWHERE?! Next time, have your promoters do their research.
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