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

PHOTO: Pitbull performs at ACM Presents: Tim McGraws Superstar Summer Night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Monday, April 8, 2013, in Las Vegas. Cuban flag superimposed in the background.

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So now Pitbull is 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 already said.

I figured Pitbull would take the Marco Rubio approach. You know, the one where Rubio piped in on the "drama" on ABC's "The Week":

"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."

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 criticizing politicians. Instead, use your "freedom of speech" to tell us about Cuba; what you saw, what you heard, what you thought. The good and the bad. Use your voice to inform us of a place most of us can't travel to. You have that kind of power.


A disillusioned fan of Jay and Bey

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