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A star couple beyoncé and -- is he going to Cuba work or play and -- they know or care what is going on there.
Dana lash is the host of the Dana -- she joins is nice to see Dana.
Here -- stuff I'm whether or not to have first thought whether the White House knew that they were going to -- are not -- out of sync yes we don't know for sure they -- but your thought.
But thanks for having -- -- -- I I know I'm with you I'm not quite sure whether or not the president himself knew that someone had to approved as the Treasury Department apparently according to Jay Carney.
Had to approve this it's hard to believe that such a -- star couple.
Whose names are -- down who were so close to this administration so close to them during the campaign they went out there they created the headlines they raise the cash they parting with the president.
They they saying at the inauguration -- rat all of the -- is.
It's kind of hard to believe that their names just didn't raise any flags through the white house of the Treasury Department when they work.
Going through the process of getting out and getting access to -- to go to Cuba so.
Kind of hard to think that they were just kind of -- by.
We have some -- according to Politico the treasury told Politico.
That that they -- the ones who had authorized -- the clearance.
But they'd that they had no idea that it would be this couple will be attending an apparently they gave some clearance to the group that there will -- and I'm thinking to myself visit they don't look to see who they're giving clearance didn't go -- -- Mean it what did they mean is never part of the job of getting Clarence is checking people out.
Right and beyoncé Carter such a common name Greta we know I mean there -- so many beyoncé -- in the United States -- mean John Carter.
Fine I can see that may be passing everybody knows and is -- but.
Fiance she's she's a one word celebrity like share like Madonna asked so that's a little bit more difficult to say that we just didn't realize it was that beyoncé.
Put Jay Carney said that that -- president -- down.
That said the present and have a discussion with the with that daisy over this trip not a best one more question -- never question that they had a discussion about him going on another time -- that was -- which it.
Not over the strip but it would then you go to the go to the lyrics and out in the lyrics he says -- -- -- White House clear shot he may have been taken sort of artistic got a license with a serve making that up.
But he doesn't say doesn't this song is -- -- White House -- maybe he's confused but to what the White House and the treasury is may people may be confused but.
They had this early looks like is -- field trip as senator Marco Rubio describes it.
Yeah absolutely I mean he's he's at the same time in this song fascinates me to grab -- because he on one hand.
He's claiming to be the victim on the net he's being persecuted in the United States and being criticized because he went.
Over and -- -- the Carter dollars to basically pay this oppressive regime.
And then he's also on the other hand bragging about his close association with the administration.
-- he has special White House -- he has that access.
He can go there and just do what he wants it would've been amazing if you is if he -- actually in this song -- this I guess dis track to his credit.
If he would have been able to name check some of the rappers are actually in prison right now because their political dissidents.
Rappers musicians artists to really know a little bit more about victimization more than John Carter.
You mentioned there's there's actually measuring about one -- spending in nabbed in jail or prison in Cuba right now for his protest lyrics against a Cuban government yet -- so those are you of previous Hollywood people ever do their homework early as I mentioned say all -- people whether these two.
Did their homework to know where they were going and for what purpose.
I seriously doubt it because -- been so many other incidents where jays he's been on stage wearing a -- sure this is a guy who says some of -- and that she was a notorious recess.
This is a guy who says some of the most heinous things about African Americans.
And yet -- -- -- this is a politician in the United States who said some of the stuff that shape or Barack has said there's no way Jay-Z would be wearing this T start.
On stage at a concert.
And if they knew the way that the Castro regime has treated Afro Cubans and how a lot of these dissidents that are in jail are Afro Cubans you know like friends since the ladies and white.
-- -- she there was an ad from the regime that portrayed her as an eight.
She's effort Cuban she's with this ladies in white this is a great -- -- wives the sisters other relatives of these political dissidents that are jailed.
There are going and supporting at a -- -- racist regimes.
Can't thank you.
Thanks -- And so members of congress taking their Cuba concerns directly to NASA and JC the lawmakers writing a -- letter to the celebrity couple what's even represent Rhonda -- joins us and dad tell me about the slaughter.
-- when we figured out that they had gone over there you know we asked them.
Did they take the time GC Jay-Z -- and on the Cuban cigar beyoncé taken pictures here this this famous couple -- -- kind of on their anniversary.
-- we asked them if they -- understood the way that the Cuban people are oppressed.
Denied basic freedoms if you speak out against the regime you get arrested jailed or even killed but it didn't seem to be something that concern them when we went there is interest seeing -- and his rap song that came out today.
He said he loves the Cuban people.
Well few of the Cuban people used to seeing what the Cuban people not go down there.
And support the Cuban regime which they essentially are both put their dollars -- they're spending and by being photographed which will be used for propaganda purposes.
Sorry it is a question -- -- -- should be asking -- us are curious just what's the difference between Jay-Z and beyoncé going to Cuba.
Going to North Korea and -- -- -- -- is a difference that we're working it certainly is a repressive regime -- and in fact.
They are there restrictions for Cuba would allow journalists to go to Cuba and to ply their trade if there's there's stories down there.
They went under something called people to people exchanges which is supposed to be for education and research.
But we -- was their fifth year anniversary they were basically don't -- Taurus and they work either the White House kind of -- is interest and in broadening this category so that -- essentially condone any -- -- war Jay-Z and beyoncé kind of got a special deal where they can go down under people out of people but really just go to.
That's fine in that category -- -- -- -- like almost cultural ambassadors in my survey over this every exchange.
Would it have been different to you if they were very much involved in more organized cultural exit exchange product.
Projects there and then -- not come back and and son this rap song and many ways glorified -- what I would as a lot of different -- what I would.
Loved -- if they would have gone down there.
And spoken out on behalf of the Cuban people if they would have JC talked about his freedom of speech to -- which we all agree with.
What about the rappers in Cuba.
Who are suppressed and and not allowed or even thrown in jail.
What about other folks who have been even killed.
For trying to protest the -- -- in just imagine how powerful that would have been for these worldwide celebrities to go down there and say that's not something that they tolerate.
I don't testing does that sum basis lovers should go some some of them not awful but -- -- go to.
Just don't even have -- -- -- they haven't done Howard -- they haven't studied where they're going never studied what goes on and they did almost as a -- world.
You know in Dana mention is that people -- -- of our T shirts.
I mean pain in the entertainment industry academia it's almost like Castro's revolutionary cheek people think that -- he's cool because he's anti American.
Obviously you've seen other celebrities go down there comment that just totally white washes.
The brutality of the regime and so it's not quota where JK -- I don't think and passing they don't realize that they've now become -- -- now become PR to be used against the United States without I haven't had that desperately all the videos everything that's been used against united since they they have set back a lot of the things that people are hoping to achieve.
Vis a vis Cuba when they put us in refers -- here's why it's important Castro Brothers are gonna -- mean they're getting they're getting mold what's gonna happen next I mean if they pass on this repressive regime to new rulers that the Cuban people still are given a voice.
Then we're gonna really be in a difficult situation we need change in Cuba as soon as possible -- thank you sir thanks.