Jennifer Lopez finally caved in and decided she did not want to be embroiled in the political tug-of-war that is taking place over at Cyprus.
Lopez was originally set to celebrate her 41st birthday on July 24 with a concert that will coincide with a luxury hotel’s inauguration. However, as of Thursday, Lopez and her team decided to back-out by issuing a statement that reads, “Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse,” the statement said. It added that it was a team decision “that reflects our sensitivity to the political realities of the region.”
The warring parties, Greek Cypriots of the South on one hand, and the Turkish Cypriots of the North on the other, both view Lopez’ July 24 appearance as some sort of “legitimation” of the latter’s secession from the former.
For Greek Cypriots see Lopez’ presence in North Cyprus as lending credence to an “illegal entity”, while for Turkish Cypriots Lopez’ cancellation is yet another attempt by the Greeks to keep them isolated.