Jennifer Lopez received more than $10 million for "serenading crooks and dictators from Eastern Europe and Russia," according to research from the Human Rights Foundation.
Lopez’s performance last month for Turkmen dictator Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s birthday sparked media outrage and an investigation into other questionable appearances.
"What those covering this story have missed is that J.Lo and her management have misled her fans and the public," said HRF president Thor Halvorssen. "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."
HRF uncovered four performances since 2011 where Lopez sang for "corrupt Uzbek industrialist Azam Aslanov," "the dictatorship of Azerbaijan," "Alexander Yolkin, a Russian bureaucrat accused of corruption," and "performed a leg of her world tour" in Belarus.
HRF’s position is that Lopez has the right to perform for whomever and wherever she is contracted, but she can hardly claim ignorance of the nature and impact of her actions as she cozies up to dictators and their enablers.