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Should we cut JLo some slack?

Ok, we all know that celebrities are in demand with the general public and their fans, but what if their fans are international leaders who are involved in heinous crimes against humanity?

This time the outrage is against actress and singer, Jennifer López, who sang Happy Birthday to Turkmenistan leader during a show.

Entertainers of all sorts get invited to perform in random places around the world, even get invited to places that we have never even heard of.

Why is it that we are making such a big deal about this? Can it be that, as an audience, we should be more considerate to looking at our entertainers and making them accountable for what they promote and endorse?

Jennifer  is not taking matters into her own hands by addressing the issue head on, but is rather allowing her people to take over this crisis communication matter. Her people are saying that they were unaware of any of the accusations of human rights.

If J. Lo did know or if she was truly unaware of the situation she was in, the dilemma is this, should people that are in the public eye be held responsible for whom they choose to perform for?

To cut the singer some slack, there are others who have also been known to do the same, such as Usher, Beyoncé, Nelly Furtado, 50 Cent, and Mariah Carey.

At this point, she is having her public relations people handle this crisis communication dilemma she is involved in, but the question that must be dealt with is if artists should be considerate of the political situations around the world.

Entertainers are just that, individuals who are in the public’s eye to entertain us, be it through singing, acting or even just being pretty to look at. Should we as audiences have them be responsible for more than just a pretty face or voice?

To give the dear J.Lo some slack, it may be that she really had no idea of what was going on and that she was merely obliging someone’s request, yet it is still causing a firestorm on the web. Should celebrities be held to a higher standard where they must be at least aware of more than just their own enterprises?

What should be more pressing is that Miss López is one of the most admired and powerful Latinas, she has a lot of pressure out there in the media. What we must remember is that at times like this,  these issues are serious and that celebrities will be held accountable.


By Being Latino Contributor, Zafiro Telles

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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