Jennifer Lopez has an estimated net worth of $250 million but apparently she still needed another diamond encrusted tortilla warmer because she was willing to perform for the president of Turkmenistan for the paltry sum of $1.5 million, a country described by Human Rights Watch as “one of the world’s most repressive.” And since the internet tends to get pissed off when privileged celebrities pander to tyrannical leaders to make a quick buck, J-ello is now doing damage control. First by claiming she didn’t know anything about the country she flew to and performed in, which would have made sense 100 years ago before things like encyclopedias, or fuck Google, was available. And now she’s saying she didn’t travel to Turkmenistan to perform for its president, she was there to perform for the China National Petroleum Corp and was tricked into singing Happy Birthday. Because, yeah, that sounds much better, I’m sure they’re doing a lot of good in the world. From TMZ:
Mega-manager Benny Medina tells TMZ … Jennifer was NOT in Turkmenistan to perform for the Prez — she was hired by the China National Petroleum Corp. for a corporate concert. Lopez sang 3 songs, and Medina says as she finished her set someone walked up to him and said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was in the audience and asked him if Lopez would come back on stage and wish him happy birthday.
Medina says it was HIS decision to bring Lopez back on stage at the end of the concert. Medina tells us … the Prez got on stage and the M.C. started goading Lopez to sing “Happy Birthday” — singing it quietly in her ear, goading her on the spot to sing the Bday song.
Considering Jennifer Lopez is an arrogant mule who if she could would have a person with a lazy eye executed for looking at her the wrong way, I have a hard time believing anyone could make her do anything she didn’t want to do, especially a Turkmen MC at what’s essentially a high-end company picnic. Still, J-ello wants everyone to know that she didn’t know any better and is really sorry, but not so sorry that she won’t give the money back or donate it to charity or anything. She’s not stupid you guys.
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