Did you hear that? It was the sound of Jay-Z and Beyonce laughing in the face of the law. Or laughing at the long arm of the law. Whatever, either way they were laughing and pish-poshing the notion that traveling to Cuba for tourism is illegal for United States citizens. Obviously Cuban democracy advocates just don’t get it — this is Jay-Z. And Beyonce. 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): America’s 51-year embargo makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba solely for tourism. Also, Cuban immigrants risk their lives regularly–in ways you can’t even imagine–to escape their home country and come to America. You think Gloria Estefan could have done The Conga with as much success in Cuba? 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. 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. It’s extremely insensitive,” said 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. That hat! Those braids! That dress! Can you really hold it against them? Where else is Jay-Z going to sport Ernest Hemingway’s wardrobe? Can you really be upset at the King and Queen of America for disobeying a silly little law when they look that good? It’s their anniversary, for God’s sake. And they’re not exactly the all-inclusive Cancun resort type of people, you know. Pssshh.