Opinion: Jay-Z Should've Used His "Open Letter" To Tell Us What He Saw in Cuba

When it comes to Jay-Z and his Cuba trip, how many "Open Letters" are too many?

ByABC News
April 15, 2013, 10:34 AM

April 15, 2013— -- Now Pitbull has gotten involved in the Jay-Z and Beyonce Go To Cuba Controversy. On Sunday, the rapper released an"Open Letter Freestyle" in reply to Jay-Z's "Open Letter".

In non-typical Cuban-American fashion, Pitbull is actually defending the Carters' trip. He even tries to rhyme the word "treasury". In your face, White House Secretary James Carney.

Pitbull has always opposed Cuba's Communist regime, but now that all the politicians are criticizing the power couple's trip, he comes in to defend Jay-Z's freedom as an American to go where he pleases.

Why is Pitbull so invested in siding with Jay-Z's problems? Is he trying to build a bridge to a duet? I hope not.

I appreciate Pitbull and Jay-Z excercising their freedom of speech, but you'd think Mr. Worldwide would have something to add to the conversation, besides the fact that he's the son of Cuban exiles and regurgitating what Jay-Z is already saying.

Marco Rubio threw in his two cents on Sunday on ABC's "The Week", saying:

"If Jay-Z was truly interested in the affairs of Cuba, he would've met people who are being oppressed, including a hip hop artist in Cuba [Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga] who is right now being oppressed and persecuted and undergoing hunger strike because of his political lyrics."

Rubio has a point, but Jay-Z and Beyonce actually met with artists and attended a children's theater group (and went to nightclubs). They didn't meet with Cuban officials or visit dissidents in prison but they didn't lie on the beach like iguanas either.

I hate to have to do this, but here's my open (tweet-sized) letter to Jay-Z to add to the list of open letters:

Jay, don't waste your time or ours by merely criticizing politicians. You're just feeding the wrong kind of publicity about your trip. Instead, use your freedom to tell us about Cuba; what you saw, what you heard, what you thought. The good and the bad. Use your freedom to inform us of a place most of us cannot travel to. You have that kind of power.


A disillusioned fan of Jay and Bey