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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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Robert    

Who ever said Z and B had anything upstairs except some luck? Outside of being talented I don't think they know too much and don't really care.

527 days ago
272.

vinnie    

These ignorant idiots need to realize that cuba was once in cohoots with russia to bomb us. they should be kicked out of the US, they can move to cuba and se what it's really like to live there. LOSERS.

527 days ago
273.

KellyBFan    

this mauricio is both ignorant and insulting

527 days ago
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Carla628    

What ashame.

527 days ago
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O PINYON8TD    

The US doesn't want it's citizens in Cuba because they don't want us to see how a society can function without unlimited greed, crooked politicians, and all the atrocities that Wall St and corporatism have plagued our country with. Keep in mind that the average pay in Cuba is only about 12 pesos a month! We complain about $7.25 an hour, an hourly rate that would be a comfortable living wage without all the taxation, inflated cost of living and goods and services. And by the way, it's not a dem or rep left or right thing when it comes to the greed and corruption. Presidents and most of congress live it up like kings and queens with all the so called finer things in life on the backs of we the people...the taxpayers. Both sides are puppets of Wall Street, the banksters, and the military industrial complex. The so called "public servants" on both sides have miserably failed us. Is this the cost of freedom, is it worth it and are we TRULY free?

Now, at the risk of being labeled as ignorant and insulting, I'm not saying that life in Cuba is a peaches and cream utopia. I'm just saying that the things I've described are things that Cubans don't have to worry about. They live on a few bucks a month and have done so for decades. For $7.25 an hour in Cuba, yes you too could even live in the lap of luxury, decadence, and excess just like a corporate CEO or better yet, just like a US politician.

527 days ago
276.

Ksera    

Educated themselves???? Educated!?

Most Hollywood celebs couldn't make it out of high school. I grant musical artists a tip of my hat for their ability to......rap.....I guess......? And I know how hard it is for actors to read words that other people write down for them while playing make believe like 8-year-olds with broom stick horses and Cowboy hats in the back yard. But expecting them to EDUCATE themselves? Mao called folks like these "useful idiots."

527 days ago
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Faberm    

I think Americans should be able to visit any place in the world. There is no better way to acquaint other countries with Americanism and Capitalism than to have Americans visit, spend money, and intermingle with the people in those countries. Look what has happened in China, Vietnam, etc.

527 days ago
278.

bee    

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."

^^^Sounds like the United States.

527 days ago
279.

Dee    


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."

This happens everyday somewhere and happens a many places in America. If they want to and can afford to visit the Moon, so be it. So everywhere somebody visits is going to be insensitive. Why are you so upset, Maurcio, because celebrities can come and go as they please. Find another fight, this one is not for you.

527 days ago
280.

Bill    

Isn't it redundant to refer to a couple of africans touring Cuba as being ignorant?

527 days ago
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Johnny Lee    

We desperate for news now? Who gives a poop about those two hacks.

527 days ago
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desadiste    

The only thing these lounge-chair "freedom fighters" are interested in is getting their family wealth back, ill-gotten under their dictator: Batista.. They have screwed over their fellow Cubans by forcing the US government to carry-on restrictions for decades. Selfish bastards they are. I can't wait to travel to Cuba. Havana Club rum is the best!

527 days ago
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desadiste    

The only thing these phony "freedom fighters" are interested in is getting their family wealth back, ill-gotten under their dictator, Batista.. They have screwed over their fellow Cubans by forcing the US government to carry-on restrictions for decades. Self bastards they are. I can't wait to travel to Cuba.

527 days ago
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jason    

supine hypocrisy... when someone travels to a place you clowns don't like (Pinochet's Chile, Apartheid's South Africa, et al) you were all tearing your clothes and crying foul. When one of these stupid showbiz characters travels to a place where there's a left wing dictator you all come out with the same hypocritical comment "oh, everybody should be free to travel wherever they choose". You're fool of it...

527 days ago
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jt    

Chiquita banana

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