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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I think youve made some truly interesting potins. Not too many people would actually think about this the way you just did. Im really impressed that theres so much about this subject thats been uncovered and you did it so well, with so much class. Good one you, man! Really great stuff here.

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I call B.S!!

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Does she never hAve enough money - I honestly believe she o nly saw dollar signs - greedy Jennifer

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Stupid mud whore.

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Turkmeistan, is this really a real place?? (Heck, I thought it was a Borat country.) And is there so little going on that I care who J-Lo is singing too?? I mean, it's not like it was the dictator of S. Korea!!

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Not sorry enough to not take the dough or donate it. What a crock!

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@ Spare+me

You're right. Considering WHERE her pay-cheque came from, the ONLY RIGHT decision would be to DONATE IT! It would be great to donate it to all the hungry, orphaned and sick children in that country but they would never see even a nickel of it.`How about the kids in the U.S.A. where she herself was born. I know she is of Puerto Rican descent but she is an American citizen first. Well, it will be interesting to see or hear what she has decided. If we don't hear anything , then we'll know where it's gone but personaly, I would NOT buy a ticket to see her. I honestly don't think she's all that good. There were some people on "American Idol" that sang better then her and I'm sure there are others who feel the same. Her and that other joker, Nicki Minaj. They both claim to be singer-songwriters........Ha Ha Ha =-O :-D

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@ Spare+me

performing is her job. she performed therefore she got paid. whether she is sorry or not doesn't take away from her having done her job. I assume you work Spare+me, so don't you expect to get paid for doing your job and do you donate your paycheck? That is her money to do with what she pleases.

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@ houston,texas

But if it were me, I would not have taken the JOB (I'd call in sick definitely ?) Was she afraid she would be fired?? I understand what you're saying and MAYBE and just MAYBE, she was not aware of the circumstances but she is now. Certainly, missing this paycheck will not make her loose her ....mortgage or cut her phone off. I wouldn't want their money if I was made aware of all this. I guess it just boils down to your integrity and all that stuff, with a dose of CLASS but that's me and I can't expect everyone to feel the same so , yeah, you're right- it's her paycheck to do as she pleases..

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As we all know....SHE'S A PIECE OF GARBAGE!! I have to thank this piece of garbage for one thing tho. I refused to watch the sinking ship American Idol when she became a judge. I did not have to watch any the inept Maria Carey or the evil anti-christian Nicky Minage (rhymes with garbage).

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@ joenamherst

Awww are you bitter because J-Lo won't give you the time of day? Lol....Have a Great Day, because I know I will..

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@ joenamherst

Calm down cray cray! You speak as though this woman wronged you in some way!"

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Her products should be banned! ! Stores that carry her product lines should drop her! !!! It happened to Paula Dean. But watch cause she is a democrat nothing will happen

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@ cshanahan

What the hell democrats have to do with this, stupid? Go back and read the article again. With your damn hateful politics self.

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BRAINLESS/STUPID moves like that WILL start a DOWNFLOW of the fans for Lopez. Remember, NOTHING is EVER FORSURE.

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