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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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Bob    

Cuba isn't the hell it's made out to be in the American media. Ask the thousands of Canadians who travel there every year.

464 days ago
17.

Observer999    

Americans are (mostly) SO stupid when it comes to Cuba that it's mind-boggling. Every other country deals with them, visits, trades, etc. and there are no issues. Are the Castros nice, friendly dictators? Nope, and they're holding political prisoners. But the US has propped up countries that are 10X worse without blinking an eye, and continues to, so it's just more American hypocrisy.

464 days ago
18.

static    

If they were Cuban they sure as hell wouldn't be as rich as they are and free to come and go as they please but those are just insignificant details right?

464 days ago
19.

CrystalT    

So they're saying Jay-Z and Beyonce are the only American tourists there? I need this person to find more work to do in his office....

464 days ago
20.

melonsmelt    

My friend has allowed me the opportunity to comment here on her acct as I am a Cuban-American. Cubans need Americans to draw attention to the positive aspects of our daily lives. The hard working, loyal, hopeful prople of my homeland! Why think so small anout this visit! Look at all the attention my beautiful country is receiving. The comments are the same controlling rhetoric of limited thinkers...people in America are free so why not visit any place in our world if you are able????

464 days ago
21.

Paul Miller    

Hanoi Jane, Penn and Chavez, Cuba Jay, Commie Beyonce. Hanoi Jane sounds best. Hey, TMZ writers how about coming up with something catchy about the others.

464 days ago
22.

LisaG    

They definately seem to enjoying themselves more then the people around them. It's looks sort of "stupid".

464 days ago
23.

KicksandGiggles    

Beyonce's "F You Attitude/Bow Down Bitches" tells you they don't care. I hope they are well guarded. A high profile ultra rich American couple might look yummy to the bad guys. Beyonce is not book smart but she does need to pick up a book and read a little about the foreign countries she visits.

464 days ago
24.

Cool    

Is Beyonce related to Taylor Swift because she keeps on dating new people?

464 days ago
25.

Paul Miller    

I wonder what his sponsors at Barclays Bank think of this. He's obviously violating USA law. I guess banks don't care so much about the law as long as they make money.

464 days ago
26.

maria    

This people is funny ,"eat the hand who feed them" is more of a millionof Illegals Cubans here sending dollars there and they complain what a ghetto peoplel!

464 days ago
27.

John    

Major League Baseball has been going into Cuba scouting and getting Cuban players for years, now when Jay Z goes, now it's ignorant & insulting. Where were the human rights organizations all these years? There are human rights abuses going on in the United States (Stand your ground laws killing kids, seek & frisking blacks & immigrants in NY) We need to clean up our own house, before we promote human rights other places.

464 days ago
28.

Cashin    

B&J: I don't want to hear it ! Make it happen, we want you to get us to Cuba. Make it happen ! ?: But !? B&J: do you want your job !? ?: [walks away] B&J [smiles]

464 days ago
29.

David    

So ?

464 days ago
30.

Paul Miller    

Yes, Barclay's is British and under the the Helms-Burton Act, but they do business in America so they are also covered by the SEC, Dodd Frank, etc. Great PR for Barclays, having their celebrities doing business with communists.

464 days ago
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