Monday, May 20, 2024

Jennifer Lopez on Dictator’s Bday: No Apology and Not Giving Money Back


Jennifer Lopez is NOT apologizing for singing “Happy Birthday” last night to the Turkmenistan dictator. She also isn’t giving back the reported $2.5 million she made for flying over there and staging a full out show with singers, dancers, lighting, etc. This is what her rep issued today. Tell me if you see an apology there:

Jennifer Lopez and several other artists were invited and performed at a private corporate event for the China National Petroleum Corporation that was presented to their local executives in Turkmenistan.

This was not a government sponsored event or political in nature. The event was vetted by her representatives, had there been knowledge of human right issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended.

The China National Petroleum Corporation made a last minute ‘birthday greeting’ request prior to Jennifer taking the stage. This was not stipulated in her contract but she graciously obliged the China National Petroleum Corporation request.

Actually, CNP staged the event but it was a birthday party for dictator . And if anyone in Lopez’s camp had “vetted” anything, they would have seen the problem right away. What they saw was: money. Sorry.

Everyone has choices they must make. A couple of years ago, Sting was offered the same deal to play in Uzbekistan. He turned them down.

Lopez should have done the same thing. Her only recourse now is to donate the money to Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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