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Jay-Z and Beyonce

Blasted for 'Ignorant and

Insulting' Cuban Vacation

4/5/2013 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0405-beyonce-jay-z-apJay-Z and Beyonce are clueless about the tortures happening in Cuba, and it's insulting they chose to visit the communist country for a celebration ... so says a Cuban rights lobbyist.

Mauricio Claver-Carone, the D.C. director for the US-Cuba Democracy PAC -- a group committed to fighting for democracy in Cuba -- tells TMZ the A-listers should've educated themselves about what's really going on there before taking photo ops.

Jay and Bey were photographed Thursday in Havana -- reportedly to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary -- but have since come under fire from some Cuban-American groups.

US citizens are still technically banned from traveling to the island purely for tourism ... and are supposed to obtain a travel license from the US government.

Mauricio says he's disappointed the superstars chose to vacay in Cuba because, "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."

We reached out to Beyonce and Jay-Z for comment. So far ... nada back.


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Enough already. It is there anniversary, go where u want. Abuse and crime is everywhere. Its happening more there but at the end of a day once a day is gone u can't get it back. Happy Anniversary B and J

531 days ago


Cheap "N" trash.

531 days ago


Haven't they heard Cuban-Americans in South Florida fled Cuba to get away from it's controlling Dictator? Perhaps JayZ & Bey will write songs about all the poor they saw? nah, he is there to sign peeps for his new sports agency.

531 days ago


The point is not that they chose to go to Cuba. (Unlike Cubans, Jay and Bey can come and go as they please, I don't have a problem with that). The point is not that the embargo works or does not work. (I frankly don't think it has been very effective). The point is that their high profile and celebrity status will be used to portray a very one-sided, unrealistic vision of what Cuba is really like for the majority of the "normal" people. People's understanding of the history of Cuban revolution is already very misguided. I'm fairly sure that Jay/Bey will not say anything except how wonderful it is there. THAT is the sad part. When you have celebrity status like they do, you have a responsibility and a great opportunity to guide people to the truth. Now that truth will be further and further lost. THAT is my personal issue with their trip. They are not keeping it real. Oh yes, and JayZ's Che t-shirt. Why would you wear a murderer's face on your chest?

531 days ago


Typical stupidLiberals, they haven't got a clue as to what's going on, but hey, it's all about them don't ya know.

531 days ago


well, they are part of obama's inner circle of friends so naturally they can only do good for the world and relations with the new communist states of america

531 days ago


I don't like celebrities who are friends with people repsonsible for drones killing children.

531 days ago


Cuban americans are jus angry that they cant open casinos and brothetls down there. They were and are onboard with Batista and all the organized crime that was hoping to enslave the Cuban people for profit. They have been spreading this propaganda about how horrible tge cubans have it. Cuba has one of the best meducal /health care systems in the world. They are also hzve a literacy rate that is better than the US. Infant mortalty rates are lower than the US. Cuban peopke have free access to dental care. Shame on the US. Profit medicine is an abomination.

531 days ago


Yea, like America is still a republic or democracy.

531 days ago


Maybe she's going over there to help those women.. Give Support

531 days ago


The Jewel Island!!!

Love Beyonce and Sean Carter!!!

531 days ago


Cuba sucks. They need to go back to the days when the mob controlled Havana and turned the women into prostitutes. Then they'll be free!

531 days ago


"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."

OK, sounds a little like America too. So what's the problem. Man, I love those Cuban cigars and women!!!!

531 days ago


They live in a make believe world and care only for themselves.

531 days ago


That dude on Beyonce's right is a MONSTER!

531 days ago
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