There has been more condemnation for the vacation trip to Cuba indulged by rapper Jay-Z and gal-pal singer Beyonce, this time from Hollywood director Phil Lord–himself the son of a Cuban refugee.
Lord thinks that the entertainers were “dupes” of the oppressive Cuban military, that they “don’t care” about the political gulags Cuban dictator Castro built, that they essentially mocked the thousands of Cubans that have been imprisoned and lost their lives in those prisons, and says the pair represent little else but “nihilism with a beat.”
Beyonce and Jay-Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana, Cuba, apparently with the blessing of Barack Obama’s administration quite despite that the U.S. still has an official prohibition against Americans visiting the Island nation turned political prison.
Lord told the media that at first he thought that Jay-Z and Beyonce just weren’t aware of the oppression of Cuban people. He gave them the benefit of the doubt that they just weren’t aware of the many artists that had been imprisoned and their art banned. But after Jay-Z released his song that taunted people opposing Cuba, Lord realized that Shawn Corey “Jay-Z” Carter knew exactly what he was doing that that made it all the worse.
The director of such films as 21 Jump Street and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is not alone in his condemnation of the Island hopping Carters. Cuban conservative writer AJ Delgado also slammed Jay-Z for the trip saying, “Beyoncé and Jay-Z not only legitimize and support the repressive regime, with both their presence and their cash, but turn a blind eye, cruelly, to the perils and languishing of the Cuban people.”
Delgado went on with a list of Cuban human rights activists that dictator Fidel Castro has thrown in jail.
Lord wasn’t going to just sit around and complain, either. He did something unusual for a denizen of Hollywood. He quite publicly put his time and name to an open letter to the Carters excoriating them for their callousness.
An Open Letter to Jay-Z