Jennifer Lopez under fire for singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to known oppressive dictator

Posted at 7:30 PM, Jul 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-01 20:11:07-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Jennifer Lopez is doing some major damage control Monday after she serenaded the leader of Turkmenistan during a weekend performance.

According to J. Lo’s rep, the singer would have never performed if her staff had known the nation was described by Human Rights Watch as “among the most repressive in the world.”


The nation’s leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was on hand for Lopez’s performance where she sang Happy Birthday to him.

The Associated Press reports that Berdimuhamedow has been criticized in the past for his oppressive rule by human rights organizations.

Lopez is just the latest celeb coming under fire for performing at events linked to foreign dictators.

This incident really begs the question: should what a fat pay check out-weigh what you do it for? Andrew Ramos hit the streets to find out.