Jennifer Lopez Is Sorry for Serenading the Turkmenistan Leader
Jennifer Lopez is feeling sorry after she sparked outrage for singing “Happy Birthday” to the controversial leader of Turkmenistan during a show in the former Soviet bloc country on Saturday.
While performing at a non-political event hosted by the China National Petroleum Corp, the “Live It Up” singer serenaded dictator Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who has been widely criticized for his oppressive rule by organizations like Human Rights Watch.
Now Lopez is apologizing, after the non-profit Human Rights Foundation heavily criticized her appearance at the celebration.
The former American Idol judge’s said would not have attended at all had she been aware of the human rights issues in Turkic state, according to the Associated Press. The statement said the birthday serenade was a last-minute request, to which Lopez “graciously obliged.”
So this won’t go down in history as her Marilyn Monroe moment.