Controversial presence of Jennifer Lopez in Turkmenistan


This is not a very positive situation for Lopez’s career. United Nations recently appreciated Turkmenistan administration’s actions in the area of human rights that “a lot more work is needed to complete this process and to ensure practice is in line with international standards.”

In similar circumstances, in the past, some prominent celebrities had to self  punish themselves. This was the case of Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Usher and even the Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi or the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov attended to performences where the celebrities were forced to donate their performance to charity.

Jennifer Lopez’s presence in Turkmenistan was immediately criticized. President of The Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen said that the previous Lopez’s message sent to Mexico in the campaign against violence directed toward women sustaining Amnesty International is no longer as credible. Other nonprofit organizations for the human rights have taken significant positions.

Lopez is ranked number 15 in the VH1’s list of “200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons and number 16 on “100 Greatest Women in Music.” In June 2013 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



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