Don’t worry Bey and Jay fans, the Queen and King of Hip-hop won’t be getting locked up anytime soon; the U.S. government sanctioned their trip to Cuba, Reuters reported Monday.
Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z flew down to Havana to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary with what seemed like a tourist trip to the Communist country.
Anti-Castro Cuban-American politicians from Miami complained to the Treasury Department about the couple’s jaunt, since most Americans aren’t allowed to visit Cuba, and asked if Beyonce and Jay-Z had obtained proper licensing.
According to a source who spoke to Reuters, the power couple met with Cuban artists and musicians. Since their trip was deemed a “people-to-people” cultural visit where their didn’t meet with any Cuban officials or take in any typical tourists attractions like Havana’s beaches, their anniversary vacation was not breaking any U.S. laws.
Some legislators aren’t buying the “people-to-people” excuse and see Bey and Jay’s trip as “propogranda.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said it was "very disconcerting that these two megastars would go down to Cuba and vacation as if they were in a tropical paradise and not say one word about the brutality their hosts display against all pro-democracy activists."
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the Obama administration's cultural exchange programs "have been abused by tourists."
If the Treasury Department had licensed the trip "the Obama administration should explain exactly how trips like these comply with U.S. law and regulations governing travel to Cuba,” he added.
It’s worth noting that Beyoncé sang (or lip-synched) the National Anthem at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration and the Obamas have admitted to being huge fans of the “Single Ladies” singer.
Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news for the International Business Times....