Jay-Z won't play Florida, to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin and the state's "stand your ground law."
But he will vacation in Cuba, where anyone who dares to stand their ground against the Castro dictatorship -- like rap musician Rodolfo Ramirez, or "El Primario" -- puts at risk not only what little freedom they enjoy but their very lives.
Jay-Z can do whatever he wants, protest any "injustice" that he wants. Maybe his disdain for the Sunshine State is sincere.
But it does not absolve him of his hypocrisy.
A member of Congress on Tuesday called out Jay-Z and other anti-Florida musicians for their simultaneously much-softer stand towards the regime in Havana."Look, thank God we live in a free country, and people can opt to be silly and foolish, but that’s a contrast — they go to Cuba, and that's okay,” U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said Tuesday on the Laura Ingraham radio show.
“They hobnob with the regime; that’s okay. But they won’t go to Florida, where we're free. That's their choice, but I think their priorities are a little bit off.”
All would be forgiven if Jay-Z's distaste for politics and justice in Florida was accompanied by at least a mininum level of acknowledgement of conditions in Cuba. Even better would be if he were to use his celebrity to draw attention to Cuba by vowing not to return until Cubans are free.
But let's not go crazy.
Expecting such a reveral would require an egomaniac like Jay-Z to look beyond his own navel and acknowlege that Cuba is not just a vacation spot, but a nation broken by 54 years of tyranny and dictatorship, where basic rights -- like the right of expression through speech and music -- are violently repressed.
Jay-Z won't play Florida, and maybe his is a just cause. But he will party in Cuba, where just this past weekend El Primario, a member of the hip-hip duo El Primario y Julito, was viciously beaten by some of the dictatorship's goons.
By going to Cuba, Jay-Z helped finance an attack on a fellow musician.
Jay-Z probably has never head of El Primario, but that's no excuse. Cuba's record of human rights abuses and other injustices is well documented, all lhe had to do was punch a few extra key strokes while booking his and Beyonce's trip to Havana.
Of course, that presumes that Jay-Z could ever give a damn.
Read about the assault on El Primario and watch a related video at Pedazos de la Isla.