Beyonce and Jay Z among crowds and fans in Cuba.
Singer Beyonce and Shawn ''Jay-Z'' Carter caused a furore when they visited Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. US Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart wanted to know who approved the trip and for what reason as the US only allows educational visits. The visit was authorised, the US Treasury said, although exactly how dining at one of Havana's best restaurants, La Guarida, and cruising the capital's colonial areas was described on the ''full-time schedule of educational exchange activities'' isn't clear.
Beyonce and Jay Z support US President Barack Obama, hosting a $4 million fund-raiser during his re-election campaign and Beyonce sang the national anthem at his second inauguration. ''If the tourist activities undertaken by Beyonce and Jay-Z in Cuba are classified as an educational-exchange trip, then it is clear the Obama administration is not serious about denying the Castro regime an economic lifeline that US tourism will extend to it,'' sniffed Ros-Lehtinen.
Meanwhile, Jay has become so defensive - excuse us - so excited by the condemnation that he created a song called 'Open Letter' to defend himself. Lyrics and music are as follows. Warning: coarse language. But then it would be a Jay Z song without it, would it? We have to say ... it's catchy as hell.
“Hear the freedom in my speech/ Got an onion from Universal, read it and weep/ Would’ve bought the Nets to Brooklyn for free/ Except I made millions off it, you f*ckin’ dweeb/ I still own the building, I’m still keeping my seat/ Y’all buy that bullsh*t, you’d better keep your receipt/ Obama said chill, you gonna get me impeached/ But you don’t need this shit anyway/ Chill with me on the beach,” the 43-year-old rapper says in the song. “I done turned Havana to Atlanta/ Guayabera shirts and bandannas. …Boy from the hood got White House clearance.”