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Beyonce Says She Was Shocked by Criticism of her Trip to Cuba

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Beyonce says that she didn’t understand why people were so critical of her trip to Cuba with husband Jay-Z.  The two were seeking to have some fun in the sun, only to find that there was a mess of controversy waiting for her back in the states.  She did’t mean any harm and took to “Good Morning America” to explain it all away.

“It was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. I learned so much about so many people and the country and it was actually quite shocking,” she told ABC’s Amy Robach.

The trip was criticized by those who want the US government to continue sanctions against the country and punish those who reward the country with tourism.   So, it appears that the couple has walked right into a nasty political mess.

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s visit to Havana, where they celebrated their fifth anniversary, drew criticism from some politicians who objected to what appeared to be a celebrity tourist jaunt to the embargoed country.

Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., petitioned the Treasury Department to explain what qualifications Jay-Z and Beyonce met to visit Cuba, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., added to the criticisms. The Treasury Department responded to concerns about the trip, saying that Jay-Z and Beyonce participated in an authorized education exchange program.

Nevertheless, the controversy went all the way up to the White House, as Jay-Z and Beyonce had campaigned for President Barack Obama’s re-election. The White House denied any involvement in granting permission for the couple to travel to Cuba.

Obama told the “Today” show, “My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. You know, this is not something the White House was involved with. We’ve got better things to do.”

Jay-Z also addressed the criticisms launched by lawmakers, albeit less demurely than his wife. In “Open Letter,” a song released last month, he rapped: “Politicians never did s–t for me/except lie to me, distort history/ wanna give me jail time and a fine/fine, let me commit a real crime.”

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  1. I don’t trust these two as far as I can spit! Turncoat MF’s a Wolf in Drag! And the Whiteman’s Dogs tied up in the Backyard!

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  3. I’m happy to read Beyonces side of the story. Seems innocent. Not sinister at all.

  4. She really didn’t know that Cuba is an oppressive Communist nation that oppresses & tyrannize its own people, that oppresses almost all freedoms & incarcerates the press along with killing about 100 people a year by firing squad, for being an enemy of the state or trying to flee the nation. Black Cubans are so oppressed they flee to the Caribbean Islands & Belize in droves just ask Rita Marlley (Bob Marleys widow) a Cuban born Jamaican

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  7. Who cares????

  8. If you want to say something, at least do some research it might pay off. Someone who know might think that you on to something. If you want to learn about suppression, you are living in the right country, US.
    More people in prison than anywhere in the world and since most of the prisoners are black well!!!.
    More white people are arrested but more black people are prosecuted, Well!!!

    More than 100 people get kill in America firing squad on the streets both police and civilian per week and they were not declared enemy of the state before they fired upon, well!!!
    More people are kill on the streets of America than in Iraq right now most of them black, and Iraq is at war, Well!!!
    Primary, secondary and tertiary education is free in Cuba. That means no student loans, well!!!
    Health care is Free in Cuba, an entitlement for all Cubans. That means no co-pay. It cost us $1500.00 an ambulance taking you to the hospital for less than a mile of driving, which is also free in Cuba. Well!!
    Michael Moor has a movie that gives some information on Cuba too. Well, well, well, what do we have?
    It is a bad thing to talk with sentiments and without information. One could feel the way he/she wants to feel but one must ask, “What makes me feel this way”?
    It is call introspection. When you point your finger at others be careful, more of those digits may be point to you.

  9. KA was “right on.” After all, I thought you could visit any country you want to as long as you could afford to pay for it, your personal feelings about Cuba is your business, it was not a political trip. Those that did not like it, just get the hell over it! Move on! We have enough problems in the USA without meddling with other countries and how they treat their people.

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