Jennifer Lopez in Turkmenistan

HRF denounces pop star Jennifer Lopez for performing at a birthday concert for the dictator of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, who has ruled the country with an iron first since 2006. The concert was arranged and sponsored by a branch of the Chinese dictatorship through the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation. Lopez reportedly earned $1.5 million for the performance, caught on video and staged at a vast $2 billion resort. HRF’s campaign brings the topic of human rights abuses in Turkmenistan to the forefront of popular culture. This campaign is referenced and quoted by major news outlets in more than 30 countries. 

Jennifer Lopez in Turkmenistan
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Jennifer Lopez

A selection of articles featuring HRF on the Jennifer Lopez controversy is available here:

“Jennifer Lopez Under Fire for 'Happy Birthday' Song to Dictator”
ABC News

“Jennifer Lopez Angers Human Rights Activists With Show in Turkmenistan” 
Wall Street Journal

"Jennifer Lopez Criticised for Turkmenistan Corporate Gig" 

"Jennifer Lopez Paid $1.5 Million To Sing Happy Birthday To Oppressive Dictator"
Fox News Latino

"Jennifer Lopez Sings For Brutal Dictator, Says She Wouldn’t Have Performed If She Knew He Was A Brutal Dictator"

"Embarrassment of Riches"

"Jennifer Lopez Apologizes For Serenade of Turkmenistan President"
LA Times 

"After Serenading a Dictator, Jennifer Lopez Won't Say If She'll Keep the Fee"
Mother Jones 

“Jennifer Lopez Sorry for Turkmenistan Performance” 
E! Online 

“J-Lo Singing Happy Birthday to a Brutal Dictator Was a Last Minute Idea” 
The Atlantic Wire 

“Jennifer Lopez Apologizes For Serenading Turkmenistan President”
The Washington Times 

"Jennifer Lopez Regrets Birthday Song for Turkmenistan Leader"

"Jennifer Lopez Accused of Accepting $10 Million From 'Dictators and Crooks'" 
The Hollywood Reporter 

"Jennifer Lopez Earned Millions 'Serenading Crooks and Dictators,' Human Rights Group Alleges"
US News and World Report 

"Happy Birthday, Mister...Dictator? Jennifer Lopez's $10M Payday 'For Serenading at Least Four Ruthless Despots and Crooks'"
Daily Mail 

"How Jennifer Lopez Was Paid $10m to Perform For Some of 'the World's Worst Thugs and Their Cronies'"
The Independent

"Jennifer Lopez Made Over $10 Million ‘Serenading Crooks’ According To Report"
Fox News Latino 

"Human Rights Foundation: Jennifer Lopez Made Millions 'Serenading Crooks And Dictators'"
The Huffington Post

"Jennifer Lopez Accepted $10M to Perform For 'Thugs and Cronies,' Human Rights Group Claims"
New York Post

"Jennifer Lopez ‘Cozies Up to Dictators’—To the Tune of $10M in Two Years"
The Washington Times 

"Jennifer Lopez Has Earned $10 Million Performing For Dictators, Says New Report"
NBC Latino 

"Report: Jennifer Lopez Made Over $10 Million Performing for Dictators"