Beyonce and Jay-Z lambasted for Cuba trip

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been getting lambasted for their trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. Americans are prohibited from traveling to the Communist country for vacation purposes, prompting two members of Congress – Florida Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Maro Dias-Balart – to ask Adam Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control to investigate the incident, asking him for “information regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.” Additionally, actress Stacey Dash, known for her roles in Clueless and Renaissance Man, tweeted: “Do you care that The Jay Z”s have taken the capital you have given them and funded a communist oppressive regime?” However, yesterday U.S. Treasury officials confirmed the trip by Beyonce and Jay-Z to Cuba was licensed as an educational exchange. ~Carlos Laron

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  1. Katie • April 11, 2013 @ 8:38 AM

    Educational exchange? Oh please. They were allowed to go there just because they’re celebrities. They get special privileges that the rest of the country they live in don’t get.

  2. Candice • April 11, 2013 @ 10:42 AM

    This is just outrageous. There are how many countries in the world with warm weather AND allow Americans.. why choose the one that you’re not allowed to go in? Educational exchange my a$$

  3. Lenny • April 11, 2013 @ 12:26 PM

    As Canadians we don’t have this stupid issue to deal with. We are not prohibited by our democratically voted government to travel to Cuba for any reason. So happy to be Canadian.

  4. Age • April 11, 2013 @ 12:38 PM

    Another example of the rich living by a different set of rules and laws as the rest of us…Happy to be Canadian where this law of restricted travel do not apply…

  5. doris • April 11, 2013 @ 1:08 PM

    just goes if you have the money you can go anywhere.
    yes it is good to be Canadian

  6. MovieGoer • April 11, 2013 @ 1:33 PM

    Governments should only advise their citizens on where they go, not prohibit them outright. The government in the US has operated like a centralized tyranny for over 50 years, stripping more and more freedoms with every decade that passes. Seriously, when the President of the United States makes military inquiries under the FOIA and is returned a document with parts blacked out (and this was nearly 20 years ago) then something is wrong.

  7. Lou • April 11, 2013 @ 2:25 PM

    Doris, two very different statements. Yes, I would rather be Canadian than American. But I would also rather be rich, where the rules of society tend not to apply.

  8. Nick • April 11, 2013 @ 2:50 PM

    With enough money you can make your own rules.

  9. AJ • April 11, 2013 @ 3:01 PM

    Who cares, and the fact that government officials waste time worrying about it is just sad…

  10. SUSANA VALDES • April 11, 2013 @ 3:17 PM

    I CONGRATULATE THEM, MAYBE THEY WANTED TO SEE HOW THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD LIVES. THEY MIGHT BE POOR ACCORDING TO THE MAYORITY OF USA CITIZENS. BUT THEY SURE HAVE THEIR EDUCATION FREE, THEIR PRIMARY CARE FREE, AND PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME I GOT THIS FROM A PROPAGANDA PAMPHLET, I SAW IT WITH MY OWN EYES. MAYBE INSTEAD MAKING SUCH A BIG FUZZ ABOUT THIS;WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN BACKYARD. DO YOU HAVE PRIMARY HEALTHCARE FREE, DO YOU HAVE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION FREE? I DO NOT THINK SO…..
    BEYONCE IS VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN THE ROLE OF WOMEN TODAY, OVER THERE, SHE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE PLENTY OF GOOD EXAMPLES. ACTUALLY NOT ONLY THERE, TRAVEL AROUND SOUTH AMERICA AND YOU WILL SEE HOW MANY WOMEN ARE LEADING THEIR NATIONS.

  11. Canuckian • April 11, 2013 @ 4:20 PM

    Seriously learn some internet etiquette–writing in all CAPS is SHOUTING……

  12. Jack • April 11, 2013 @ 6:33 PM

    Home of the free seems to be home of the me. Are you really concerned where people travel. It is only scared republicans who fear Cuba, everybody else sees Cuba as a place not a disgrace

  13. Gus • April 11, 2013 @ 8:17 PM

    Thankfully most people here see the ridiculousness not in the fact that the rich in the US (and mostly anywhere) play by a different set of rules than ordinary folks but rather the fact that a “great democracy” like the US in this day and age is prohibiting anyone from going to Cuba (a place where they take up 10% of the island with a military base mind you so where exactly is the threat?). The land of the not so free… wow how good Canadians have it! And the more time I spend in your country the more I see it, once I become a Canadian citizen no way I am having anything to do with the US it will be like I never as born or had 5 generations of family in that place. On a related note Stacey Dash is an idiot right wing tool (dumber than a tool actually), really clueless.

  14. Lisa • April 12, 2013 @ 10:36 AM

    Did you hear that Beyonce travelled to Cuba? … OMG well that is intolerable…there needs to be a full investigation!!!!
    Every time I hear squawking about travel to Cuba I think “land of the Free” my &ss. Cuba lies 90 miles away from Florida and yet Americans can’t travel where they want to.
    I worked in Cuba for a number of months and the people are wonderful and somehow despite their plight, they are more happier than people on our continent who have nothing better to complain about. There are bigger issues in this world than where someone likes to travel… Get a grip people and time to abolish these stupid laws… McCarthyism is not a good thing as history has shown!
    Take the advice from Jimmy Carter who understands this is hogwash!
    Proud to be Canadian and free to travel where I want to!

  15. Sparky • April 12, 2013 @ 1:45 PM

    You guys do know Americans travel to Cuba all the time. They can’t fly there from the states but they fly out of Canada to Cuba regularly. Also the Cuban Customs Officials don’t stamp American passports so they can come back and not get in trouble with there government. I know Americans who do this travel all the time and it’s no big deal, they just can’t fly there from the States.

    p.s. Susana you RETARD! Take the caps lock off!

  16. C-Dub • April 12, 2013 @ 2:57 PM

    Yep, money/celebrity will buy you loop holes. Murders, getting off drinking and driving, drugs, going to communist countries that 300million others are apparently prohibited from going to. Candace said it right.
    Maybe it was ‘educational’ cause they were going there for Cuban inspiration and writing a song…ya that’s it…. uh huh.

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