I haven’t been married that long, but I have gone on a few vacations with my husband, most notably to the Royal Hawaiian, the Waikiki hotel featured on last night’s episode of Mad Men (which still exists in pretty much the same impeccable Sixties glory), and all of them have been to spots generally considered “romantic,” because when you’re hanging out with just your significant other, you want the atmosphere to be conducive to, you know, regular bathing habits, candlelight and happiness, qualities I don’t necessarily associate with a third world country run by zombie Communists.
Two Republican lawmakers are asking a government agency to look into a recent trip to Cuba by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, suggesting the superstar couple violated restrictions on travel to the communist island.
“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,” Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both of Florida, wrote in the letter to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z were photographed in Havana last week, apparently celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary on the island. While Cuba was a popular getaway for Americans in the 1950s, spending money there was outlawed after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.
A few finer points: (1) the Obama Administration lifted some restrictions to Cuba, and now allows “educational” travel, provided the vacationers are willing to submit a detailed trip itinerary to the State department and agree to allow the reigning Communists to dictate the parameters of their trip, the places they will visit and their activities, and also agree not to call the United States should they get into very serious trouble or end up in Cuban jail for espionage. And (2) we have a lot more pressing problems to deal with than whether Beyonce is meaningfully contributing to the propaganda production in an enemy island country. And (3) it appears that the Treasury Department was the one to sign off on the trip. Cultural and economic development, apparently.
Frankly, Cuba can keep Beyonce. That last album was crap. Some time eating canned food with poor people might do her good. I mean, look at her. Her shirt gives the impression that she thought Cuba featured zebras.
At any rate, just in case you were wondering whether the White House had specially approved the travel visa, spokesman Jay Carney would like you to know that the government has no official Beyonce comment:
And you were worried that reporters weren’t asking the tough questions anymore.