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:
Turkmenistan 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.