Much has been said about Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s trip to Cuba, which coincided with the couple’s five-year wedding anniversary, but few seemed to do more than question the legality of the overseas journey. Enter Stacey Dash.
Dash, star of the 1995 cult hit film Clueless, took to Twitter Tuesday evening (April 9) to chime in on the First Family of Hip-Hop’s Cuba trip last week, flat-out calling the duo supporters of communism.
“Do you care that The Jay Z”s [sic] have taken the capital you have given them and funded a communist oppressive regime?” read the tweet, which has since garnered over 800 retweets and sparked an outpouring of conversation from her followers, mostly against the sentiment of her statement.
Travel to Cuba from the United States has been heavily restricted since the U.S. Trade Embargo in the 1960s, but Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s trip to the Caribbean island was reportedly a cultural visit, a sort-of loophole that is designated by the State Department as “people to people” travel.
This didn’t stop many voices, including Florida Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, from questioning whether or not the trip was legal at all. Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department asking for more information on how this trip occurred, with an unnamed department official later announcing that the trip was “fully licensed.”
This isn’t the first time Dash has made news for her controversial opinions or was at odds with Jay-Z. In October, as Jay-Z was making news for a $40,000 per plate fundraiser for President Obama, the actress tweeted her support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying that the former Massachusetts governor was “the only choice for your future.”
Stacey isn’t the only Dash who has spoken out against Jay-Z. Her cousin, Dame Dash, co-founded Roc-a-Fella Records with Jay-Z, and the pair had a bitter split around 2005 when the rapper severed business ties with Dash and the label’s other major partner, Kareem “Biggs” Burke.
With all the controversy floating about, Jay-Z has continued business as usual. He recently announced the return of Philadelphia’s “Made in America” festival, which debuted last September with Hov as the headliner and including a score of musicians, including Drake, Janelle Monae, Rick Ross and Pearl Jam. He’ll also be moving his label, Roc Nation, to Universal Music Group, after entering a multi-year partnership with the major label on Monday.
Tuesday (April 9), the rap mogul announced that he would be selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets NBA franchise, which will allow him to recruit basketball talent for his new Roc Nation sports management company.
-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com