It goes without saying that Cuban officialswho according to Human Rights Watch systematically torture, imprison, and extrajudicially execution their citizensloved the visit. Beyonce and Jay-Z wandered around Havana, took pictures with fans, danced into the early hours of the morning, and so on. By all public accounts everything was everything, and everyone had a great time.
Except! Celebrities, it turns out, are not very good at politics.
Forget right or wrong, Cuba is under a trade embargo by the United States. A celebrity trip to Cubalet alone a spectacle where two top musicians pump hard currency and soft photo ops into the countryis, let's say, in tension with that embargo. So Florida Republicans and U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart want the Treasury Department to explain just what happened. Americans who want to travel to Cuba need to get a special license. When asked about the trip, the State Department punted and said they had no prior knowledge. Oops.
Nothing's really going to happen to Beyonce or Jay-Z. If it turns out they traveled without a license they'll face a fine, if that. So in other words, whatever penalty they face will be orders of magnitude less severe than what Cubans have to suffer for daring to criticize their own government.
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