Happy birthday, mister…Dictator? J-Lo ‘paid $10M for serenading at least four ruthless world despots and crooks’
- ‘Some of the world’s worst thugs and their cronies’: Human Rights Foundation claims Jennifer Lopez has made a fortune playing parties for world tyrants
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:14 July 2013
Jennifer Lopez recently made headlines for serenading the oppressive ruler of Turkmenistan and now a human rights group says it’s not the first time she’s shaken her famous derriere for the world’s most notorious thugs.
Human Rights Foundation criticized Lopez’s June 29 rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and now the group claims she’s taken money to perform for at least three other leaders and businessmen of ill repute.
While Jenny from the Block was paid a reported $1.5 million for the Turkmenistan gig that was hosted by China National Petroleum, Human Rights Foundation says she’s made a total of $10 million from that and other questionable bookings.
‘J.Lo has repeatedly mingled with and entertained some of the world’s worst thugs and their cronies,’ Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen said in a statement.
Berdimuhamedow has been criticized for oppressive rule by human rights organizations. Human Rights Watch describes Turkmenistan as ‘among the most repressive in the world.’
Lopez was booked to sing happy birthday to another man, an allegedly corrupt Russian bureaucrat named Alexander Yolkin. She was paid $2 million for the gig, but it never happened because Yolkin was arrested the day before Lopez was slated to perform.
The dictatorship of Azerbaijan, reports Human Rights Foundation, paid Lopez $2.5 million in 2012 to perform for a FIFA soccer tournament. The event was rescheduled for 2014, however Lopez and her representation reportedly met with the wife of the country’s dictator to negotiate a partnership in a proposed Azerbaijan music festival.
Human Rights Foundation also criticized Lopez for taking a leg of her 2012 tour to Belarus, a country the group calls ‘Europe’s only dictatorship.’
Lopez’s publicist responded to the row over the Turkmenistan event, and said the gig was vetted by the performer’s staff: ‘Had there been knowledge of human rights issues any kind, Jennifer would not have attended.’
However, her representation has yet to comment on Human Rights Foundation’s latest accusations and MailOnline could not reach publicist Mark Young for further comment as of Sunday evening.
Though Lopez appears to be more active in her overseas performances for the world’s wealthy, she is not the only celebrity to face criticism for showing up to photo-ops with dubious leaders.
In 2011, Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank profusely apologized after attending a birthday party for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who had been accused of torture and killings; she said she didn’t have a full understanding of the event.
Swank fired several members of her publicity team shortly after the incident.
Interesting, Kadyrov was also in attendance at the 2011 Uzbekistan event where Lopez sang.
Meanwhile, Lopez has yet to off a public apology for performing for the Turkmeni autocrat, or for her participation in any of the past events reported by Human Rights Foundation.
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