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Oops, Jay-Z & Beyoncé May Have Illegally Vacationed in Cuba

Culture

Oops, Jay-Z & Beyoncé May Have Illegally Vacationed in Cuba

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Not to overload your feed with very pressing Beyoncé news, but: Reuters is reporting a sort of amusing story about two Republican Congressmen who are beginning to look into a trip that her and husband Jay-Z took to Havana this week to celebrate their five year anniversary. It’s still illegal to go to Cuba for purely touristic reasons—under President Obama’s administration, you can only get approved to go for academic, religious, or cultural reasons. You might call Bey & Jay’s visit any one of those things, but photos showing them cavorting around with plenty of bemused Cuban locals trailing in their midst seem to indicate that they weren’t fulfilling any specific purpose—they were just there to see the sights, enjoy good food, have a bunch of incomprehensibly dynamic sex and hang out.

“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” said a letter authored to the Treasury Department by U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart. “We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents.” I won’t get into the thorny issue of navigating whether or not the American embargo against Cuba is necessary, or even effective, but it’s interesting to see anyone going after the Internet’s favorite couple. Too bad Tumblr isn’t an organized enough voting bloc to voice their displeasure with the Congressmen for suggesting anything unkind about their heroes. According to Reuters, Beyoncé’s spokesperson didn’t return a request for comment.

UPDATE: According to Reuters, the trip was “fully licensed by the United States Treasury Department” thus proving that there is nothing in the known universe that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are not allowed to do.