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Jennifer Lopez Slammed for Taking '$10 Million for Serenading Crooks and Dictators'

7:44 AM, Jul 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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◦                     The claim that Lopez’s performance in Turkmenistan for the dictator and his family was a “last minute request,” and that the event “was not a government sponsored event or political in nature," is contradicted by both coverage of the event in Turkmenistan itself and the fact that the event wasfinanced by the Chinese dictatorship. The China National Petroleum Corporation , an oil company owned by the Chinese regime, underwrote the event for a reported $2.5 million fee and is itself under scrutiny for human rights violations in Burma.

“J.Lo has repeatedly mingled with and entertained some of the world’s worst thugs and their cronies. The ‘Jenny-from-the-block-who-doesn't-Google’ clarification may be credible in one instance, but it beggars belief in light of a pattern of repeated behavior. This is not about ignorance, it’s about greed,” says HRF president Thor Halvorssen in a statement.

“The collective outrage that now follows Lopez’s behavior is a categorical signal that it is not right to enjoy a free society, and then seek to profit from those who have acquired their riches from cronyism and the wholesale negation of human rights. ... Performers are frequently blinded by greed and they willfully sidestep reality and become part of the public relations machinery of the world’s worst people. They should be disqualified from having any moral standing to opine about matters involving human rights or business ethics.”

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