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Jennifer Lopez is performing tonight for the dictator of Turkmenistan. Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow is celebrating his 56th birthday by having Lopez and her crew put on a set. She’s the first entertainer from the West to accept the money– which will be in excess of $1 million plus expenses– to accept such an invitation.

Here’s Jenny from the Communist Bloc:

jlo in turkmenistanTurkmenistan has been described by the Human Rights Watch as “one of the most repressive regimes in the world.” But Lopez won’t see any of that. She’s performing at a $2 billion resort on the Caspian Sea built for Gurby’s pleasure. Lopez’s manager, Benny Medina, knows how to book a good gig, that’s for sure. AFP Agence France Presse confirmed that Lopez is there, and she’s probably in mid show right now.

You can read all about Turkmenistan here: http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/04/22/turkmenistanuzbekistan-abuses-international-spotlight

It’s not like Lopez needs the money. She was paid $12 million just to appear on “American Idol.” She has lots of endorsement deals, some kind of recording contract with Capitol Records, and a new movie deal. But she does have twins, and they must be fed.

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