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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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Same old hateful racist "white" Cuban Americans and their BS! Your grandparents were kicked out and you are still mad...keep your shady exploits in Miami...haters.

535 days ago


sure wish Cuba wouldn't be so stubborn and allow the US visitors easy assess to that island.... my dad goes there for diving trips and he tells us it is a wonderful place to vacation

535 days ago

Greg R.    

This just screams of ignorance. Know what you're "protesting" before you blindly follow any movement. The embargo imposed on Cuba by the USA does a lot more damage to Cuba's people then the Cuban government does. People seem to lack the mechanics of a basic embargo. The logic is that conditions will get so bad for the general public that they will rise up against their leaders. This hasn't happened. In Cuba's time of need, they went to America FIRST. The decision to reject Cuba outright was an American decision. So when you jump on Mr.Mauricio Claver-Carone's bandwangon, you're the reason why Cubans have next to nothing, why they treat a single tablet of Asprin like it was gold.

535 days ago


They make Americans look bad. Many Americans are annoying when they travel, you can see them a mile away, loud and obnoxious.

535 days ago


I could listen to 10 seconds of this "report" and no more. Usually I like TMZ for what it is, entertainment pop-corn/candy "news". So, why Harvey all the sudden decides to play journalist, I don't know. It's fun that he knows the law -that adds some color to things like what will happen to Kate's 9th baby. But Cuba? Really? Poor Harvey. You do not know what you are doing. The "Cuba/America" society is a joke. And your comment on Cuba torturing it's citizens. Really? Which ones? Do you have any of those? Or just the fanatics form the Cuba America society who are old men who wish for the glory days of casinos and prostitution at the expense of the Cuban people. The only torture that might be happening there is at Guantanamo, in the US side of the border. Please do not report on things you know nothing about. Also - I do not care what YOU think of Cuba's politics. Are you going to start putting you opinion into every story now and bringing on crazy "sources"? Will you call Kate-of-8 an abuser based on some claim of a disgruntled neighbor, or talk for 10 minutes on who you like in the senate? If this is the direction of TMZ, please warn us now.

535 days ago


Oh PALEEZE.... I cant stand these two bitches , but come on cubans lighten up.....

535 days ago


Lol @ pressed Americans. Stop the madness. The word laughing at you. You failed to get to Castro and your silly travel ban didnt work either. Thank goodness I am not in that narrow minded, petty country. fyi, lots of Americans visit Cuba - but go ahead and pick on these two. Lol no wonder the Chinese passed you by while you busy being content with your ignorance about the 'communists'. Lol what a bunch of jokes and jokers

535 days ago


I guess they're not a fan of "I Love Lucy" reruns.

535 days ago

Francisco Antonio    

This is a very ignorant article. You guys should stick to"Gotch'ya reporting" and stay out of politics. If people shouldn't visit Cuba because it's a Socialist Country well you should attack the celebrities that visit China, Vietnam, Lao, etc. I've been to Cuba and its one of the safest and culturally rich countries in the world. They have come along way from a repressive regime and have implemented market reforms and more individual liberties that China's repress can only dream of.

535 days ago

the real diva    

i have travelled to Cuba. Great country to visit. very beautiful. been to Havana and alot of the places in those pics. i recognize them. just surprised they let those 2 americans in. Jay -Zis obviously scouting for a ball tream why else would they let him in?

535 days ago


Love the first line...... glad you're not biased or anything. "Jay-Z and Beyonce are clueless about the tortures ---got any proof?? sources?? something your grandpa told you....??-- happening in Cuba, and it's insulting --to who?? To you, Harvey?? How is that news?? What else are you insulted by, just so we know? What about the Lakers? They OK with you or do they insult you also??--- they chose to visit the communist -- oh no... communism. Cuba, with it's 13 million people on it's small island is a big threat against the USA., care, why?-- country...." LOL!!!!!!!!!!

535 days ago


I am so sick of Beyonce and JZ.. isnt anyone else? Look at him, he looks like a stupid American embarrassing. Celebs are such idiots..

535 days ago


They look like the king and queen from Coming to America. Way over the top Bey

535 days ago


You really think they care about anyone but themselves. They live by the Obama motto "Let them eat cake".

535 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 here in the US as well. Do you Bey & Jay. **** the haters.

535 days ago
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