The fallout from Jay-Z and Beyonce’s anniversary trip to Cuba spurred the rapper to write a song and the President to make a timely joke at the White House Correspondents Dinner, but the pop star has remained mum on the incident. She broke her silence today on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” revealing that she was blindsided by the onslaught of criticism:
“You know, it was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. I learned so much about so many people and the country and [all of the criticism] was actually quite shocking.”
Some people are speculating that Beyonce found the criticism of the trip shocking because she’s ignorant to the U.S.’s relationship to Cuba and politics, in general. I believe the singer felt the positive aspects of the trip (her meeting “incredible children [and] enterpreneurs”) didn’t warrant such a negative response from critics.