Jennifer Lopez: Sorry For Serenading Turkmenistan Dictator!

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Jennifer Lopez performed over the weekend at a private function for a world leader, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

She immediately felt backlash for the concert, which included a "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" serenade, due to the man's human rights record.

Berdimuhamedow has been criticized for oppressive rule by human rights groups, with Turkmenistan considered "among the most repressive" world nations.

A damage-control statement released Sunday by her publicist said the event was hosted by the China National Petroleum Corp. and wasn't a political event.

Maybe so, but Jennifer Lopez still showed, and her critics aren't buying it.

"The country is virtually closed to independent scrutiny," says the country's profile on Human Rights Watch's website, which is even worse than you think.

"Media and religious freedoms are subject to draconian restrictions, and human rights defenders and other activists face the constant threat of government reprisal."

"The authorities continue to use imprisonment as a tool for political retaliation."

Lopez's publicist insisted the event was vetted by Lopez's staff: "Had there been knowledge of human rights issues any kind, Jennifer would not have attended."

Too bad they didn't use Wikipedia in their "vetting" process.

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