Pop star Jennifer Lopez sang happy birthday to Turkmenistan leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, according to numerous reports on Twitter and elsewhere.

According to the UK Telegraph, J.Lo is “believed to be the first major Western star to visit the isolated former Soviet republic, known primarily for its vast gas reserves and a dismal human rights record.”

Human Rights Watch calls Turkmenistan “one of the world’s most repressive countries”:

The country is virtually closed to independent scrutiny. Media and religious freedoms are subject to draconian restrictions, and human rights defenders and other activists face the constant threat of government reprisal. The authorities continue to use imprisonment as a tool for political retaliation and to restrict peoples’ right to travel freely. Turkmenistan continues to expand relations with foreign governments and international organizations, but without meaningful outcomes for human rights.

Mia Farrow and others expressed disgust and disappointment:


But cheer up; there’s always a silver lining:

  • Jeff Bennett

    what’s the big deal? she was paid, right?

  • Stone Bryson

    Sounds like J to the Lo (I have no idea what that means) needed a payday, what with her lack of recent hits.

    Everyone without concrete principles has a price, I reckon. I hope the cash was worth the stain she now has on her soul.

    • Jeremy

      She must have been very desperate to sing to for a dictator. She followed Jay-z and Beyonce’s example of visiting Cuba.

      • Deborah Hallsted

        Don’t forget, Beyonce did “Single Ladies” for the Ghadaffi boys for a mill.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Dibley-His-Golden-Key/dp/1484181557/ M F Scotto

    It could be worse, she could have performed for Booooosh.

    /typical lefty

  • http://whatandever.blogspot.com/ Osumashi Kinyobe

    Don’t these morons have an assistant to Google this sort of thing for them?

    Oh yeah- the cash.

    • RanierWest

      Well, doesn’t Obama before he gives speeches before 10th Mtn. Div and claim Monti is alive when he awarded MOH posthumously? they’re equally celebrity fuckwits

      • http://whatandever.blogspot.com/ Osumashi Kinyobe

        They operate on a single collective brain cell.


    Next she’ll be singing for Kim Jong Un

  • Zach Smith

    Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Decode that, NSA!

  • FromNJ

    Must have been a really big check.

  • stuckinIL4now

    JLo, money ho’

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ConcernedONETOO/featured ConcernedOne

      I’d leave out the ‘money’ in the phrase

  • GaryTheBrave

    I thought this was a spoof. I have never heard of Turkmenistan, have no idea where it is located, and really don’t care.

  • George Bessey

    What’s the big deal? These famous proglib singers and actors perform for a known dictator right here in good ole ‘Murica all the time!

    • Marjorie


  • ObamaFail

    This is just like when Obama made a point of giving a speech in front of a picture of Arafat and claimed he didn’t know. The same Obama who has Christian symbols covered up before giving speeches if any are around.

  • mickeyco

    I’m honestly not being self-righteous or whatever with this comment. But, why in the world, waiting for our country to crash any day; for Christianity to be banned here; etc. etc., should i really give a darn where and to whom JLo is singing? Especially, Turkmenistan, of all places. It’s not Egypt or Syria, etc.

  • SalMoanella

    What’s being over looked is that being sung to by JLo is cruel and unusual punishment.

  • TheMaskedUnit

    This is just what Paula Deen needed. What was that she said? It couldn’t have been that important. Who knows? Who cares?

  • FaithColeridge33

    He may be a blood thirsty tyrant but Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has the best name ever.

  • FaithColeridge33

    He may be a blood thirsty tyrant but Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has the best name ever.

  • http://reaganff.tumblr.com/ reaganFF

    After the @RonanFarrow 2012 tweet, “Happy father’s day – or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.”, that dude can do no wrong in my myopic eyes. (Other than the whole ‘Hillary Clinton’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues’ thing.))

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ConcernedONETOO/featured ConcernedOne

    How many baby daddy’s does she have? To me, she’s just another Media Whore Scumbag.

  • http://twitter.com/4ever_a_kafir Travis Wolfeil

    Wow, I actually agree with leftists Mia and Ronan Farrow, for once! Could this be a dream?!

  • linnicy

    A pig in a poke….

  • JR48

    Dumb as a bag of rocks.