GOP Lawmakers Blast Beyoncé and Jay-Z For Cuba Trip
Matt | On 08, Apr 2013
Beyoncé is back in the news for her new music. However, she is catching some flack from some members of Congress for her recent high-profile personal travels.
Mrs. Knowles-Carter and her husband, Jay-Z, were photographed last week in Cuba celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. For most people, a vacation getaway would be an awesome experience. For Bey and Jay, they are taking heat because Americans are not allowed to travel to Cuba strictly for leisure purposes. Trips to the island must be majority educational and require a license from the U.S. Department of State.
For years, people have circumvented the restriction by traveling to other countries (i.e., Canada or Mexico) and taking direct flights to Cuba. It is one of those well-known secrets that rarely receives punishment — unless you’re one of the highest-profile celebrity couples in America. Oh yeah, and the Carters were ardent supporters of President Obama in the recent election.
On Sunday, I tweeted that I was actually glad that Beyoncé (and Jay-Z) were feeling media pressure about their trip. This sentiment is not because I hate the couple and wish for their next failure. In fact, I am a fan of theirs and don’t believe that they will suffer major consequences from the controversy. However, I thought it was a perfect example for millions of people who routinely overlook politics to see just how BROKEN this system is.
Imagine it. We live in an age of sequester cuts to all kinds of programs and government agencies. Children struggle to learn at an adequate level. Gun violence is leaving communities scared, heartbroken, and angry. We still don’t create enough good-paying jobs to sustain our economy in a long-term fashion.
YET ….. Our lawmakers are trying to make scapegoats out of Beyoncé and Jay-Z because of how they spend their personal money. WOW WOW WOW! If that isn’t bitter irony, then I don’t know what is.
Wake up people! Washington is broken. What Beyoncé and Jay-Z do on their vacation is a topic of conversation in the halls of Congress amid the plethora of unfinished and overlooked business in the same building.
Think about it.