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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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this couple is hardworking americans visiting a country to celebrate 5 years of marriage, back off, let them enjoy their life, they work very hard for their money and I admire and back up anyone who does the same

378 days ago

Archy Cory    

"Stupid is as stupid does." Forest Gump

378 days ago


Leave them alone people!! what´s the matter with you? Cuba has beautiful landscapes, it´s all about it, period, no political issues that thye can´t change, or protests who nobody listen, it´s only a simple travel to a beautiful beach, it´s so difficult to understand? they are singers, not politicians, so, shut up!

378 days ago


Let them stay there and see how they like it.

378 days ago

Steven Stevens    

Did anyone expect that celeb NAPAs would be any smarter than regular street NAPAs?

378 days ago

hot ma-ma    

dam ppl they only went to visit

378 days ago


It's not as bad as when Beyonce was shaking her ass for Gaddafi

378 days ago


Must be great to be that rich and that clueless about the consequences of your actions.

378 days ago


I feel the reason why Black America Hated slavery, they were not the slave masters, just the slave

378 days ago


Here's the thing.... B & J make a TON OF MONEY, so they think they can do whatever THEY WANT because of that fact! Did their "travel agent" (aka friends, parents, siblings, BFF's+) NOT tell them about these ISSUES? J is holding a cigar and that's the REAL reason they are there! Maybe they should LIVE there to get great cigars on a regular basis! Maybe B can help the women there! (Sarcasm intentional!!) Totally ignorant people!

378 days ago


They must've asked Sean Penn(dejo) where to visit since he is in love with communist dictators (Hugo Chavez for you low information voters).

378 days ago


Their yearly combined incomes probably exceed the GDP of Cuba. Hey Obama why not make them official ambassadors to the island. I hear they are going to do a benefit concert for the prisoners at Gitmo.

378 days ago


Par for the course.

378 days ago


Women get beaten in Saudi Arabia, I don't see the U.S. discontinuing relations with them. The truth is the U.S. has relations with a lot of oppressive countries. No country can pick and choose when to have high moral standards, either you have them or you don't. Mauricio Claver-Carone should've been constantly whining and protesting Barack Obama's decision to ease the travel restrictions to Cuba, not the citizens that take advantage of it.

378 days ago

Shaunee Flowers    

Jay and Bey shouldn't have gone to Cuba. It's insulting of them to be so wreckless considering their friendship with the President.

378 days ago
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