Did you hear that? Â It was the sound of Jay-Z and Beyonce laughing in the face of the law. Â Or laughing at the long arm of the law. Â Whatever, either way they were laughing and pish-poshing the notion that traveling to Cuba for tourism is illegal for United States citizens. Â Obviously Cuban democracy advocates just don’t get it — this is Jay-Z. Â And Beyonce.Â Obtaining a “cultural exchange license” to travel to the volatile country of Cuba is something one of their assistants
totally probably took care of.
A little history lesson (I’ll make it quick, I know you people have Justin Bieber monkey photos to ogle after this):Â America’s 51-year embargo makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba solely for tourism. Â Also, Cuban immigrants risk their lives regularly–in ways you can’t even imagine–to escape their home country and come to America. Â You think Gloria Estefan could have done The Conga with as much success in Cuba? Â Probs not.
Also, Beyonce is all about controversy lately, claiming she’s a feminist while singing about things that aren’t very feminist-y. And her upcoming tour is named in honor of her husband! Let’s all just shake our fists in indignation right now! Fun fact: Jay-Z honest-to-God legally took Beyonce’s last name when they got married. Â So shut up, haterz.)
So naturally, a lot of people/diplomats/ambassadors/readers of TMZ are pissed at the ignorance that could possibly be associated with vacationing in a communist, hostile nation.
“There are women getting beaten on a daily basis, women who are being jailed for no reason … people are fighting for their freedom.Â Itâ€™s extremely insensitive,” saidÂ Mauricio Claver-Carone, the Executive Director of Cuba Democracy Advocates in Washington, D.C., a group dedicated to promoting democracy in the Caribbean country.
But look at them, Mauricio! They are playing the part of Cuban tourist perfectly. Â That hat! Â Those braids! Â That dress! Â Can you really hold it against them? Â Where else is Jay-Z going to sport Ernest Hemingway’s wardrobe? Â Can you really be upset at the King and Queen of America for disobeying a silly little law when they look that good? Â It’s their anniversary, for God’s sake. Â And they’re not exactly the all-inclusive Cancun resort type of people, you know. Â Pssshh.