Jennifer Lopez is pissing a lot of people off after performing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to the leader of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov (yikes, we’ll call him Gurb), on Sunday, garnering criticism from the Human Rights Foundation and pretty much everyone.
Why? Because Gurb is a corrupt authoritarian leader of one of the most corrupt and repressive countries in the world. He has been in power since 2006 and has made no improvements whatsoever to the country’s quality of life, which needless to say, is low.
He’s kept in place previous bans on everything from video games, to car radios, to facial hair. The state maintains a high level of control of the media and news, and is ranked as one of the most censored countries in the world. And any government opposition will get you life imprisonment.
Whoa. Whoa indeed! Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen said the same thing, before releasing the following statement: Continue reading “Jennifer Lopez Performs for Corrupt Turkmenistan Leader”