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When you’re a performer and unaware of the issues where you’re about to stage a show, you might end up causing a stir, which may not always be good.
This was experienced by Jennifer Lopez during her concert at Turkey which was reported by The Daily Journal. Little did she know that there’s a big human rights issue regarding the country’s president and she even sang a birthday song for him! Wrong move by the sultry singer!
And how did it become a controversy? The country’s leader, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, attended the show. It was reported that Berdimuhamedow has been criticized for oppressive rule by human rights organizations and was known as “one of the most repressive in the world”.
In JLo’s defense, her representative has told the media that if only she knew about those issues there, she wouldn’t have performed. JLo had a show in the former Soviet bloc country on Saturday night. The event wasn’t political as told in a statement released to the Associated Press and was hosted by China National Petroleum Corp.
It was a last-minute request which the singer/actress graciously obliged. JLo is the latest performer to be hit by critics for performing in countries whose leaders face human rights violations. Other celebrities who got under fire were Beyoncé, Nelly Furtado, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey and Usher. They were invited to perform at parties linked to the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Things like that happen to most performers and the trouble lies when you only find out about it at the time of the concert and you can’t say no because you’ve already signed the contract!
Below is JLo’s performance at Turkey.