Guantanamo Bey has Florida pols trippin'

Posted: April 10, 2013

TATTLE WONDERED if Beyonce and Jay-Z would get any pushback regarding their anniversary trip to Cuba, and sure enough . . .

U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, of Florida, have written to the U.S. Department of Treasury expressing concern about the trip. In the letter, both said that they represent a community that has been "deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime's atrocities."

"The restrictions on tourism travel are commonsense measures meant to prevent U.S. dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes U.S. security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly and belief," the Republican lawmakers wrote.

John Sullivan, a Treasury spokesman in Washington, said that the agency was working on a response to the letter.

U.S. citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba for mere tourism, though they can obtain licenses for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural-exchange trips. The so-called people-to-people licenses were reinstated under the Obama administration and are designed to help promote civil society and independence from Cuban authorities.

The U.S. government tightened requirements to obtain the licenses last year after Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., criticized the programs as a coverup for tourism. Rubio derided groups that were granted licenses for activities such as salsa dancing.

On Monday, Rubio tweeted that if Jay-Z really wanted to know what Cuban life is like, he should have visited dissident rapper Angel Yunier Remon. Rubio closed his tweet with #99problems&dictatorsareone, a reference to Jay-Z's song "99 Problems."

Not all Cuban-Americans lambasted the trip. Arturo Lopez-Levy, a Cuban economist and analyst who lectures at the University of Denver, said in the Huffington Post, "It is difficult to defend a policy that stomps on the same rights it preaches.

"Since the migratory reforms made by Cuba in January, that eliminated most of the restrictions on travel from the totalitarian period, Cubans, under a communist regime, have fewer legal impediments to visiting the U.S. than U.S. citizens have to visiting Cuba."

'Teen Mom' has sex vid

As regular readers of this column know, Tattle is not a big fan of the "Teen Mom"-type of reality television.

Now comes word from TMZ.com that one of MTV's young moms, aspiring Iowa model Farrah Abraham, has made a sex tape with obscenely well-endowed porn star James Deen.

Deen, who recently starred with Lindsay Lohan in the non-porn Paul Schrader film, "The Canyons," told TMZ, "Word travels fast . . . it isn't even edited yet. We shot it yesterday."

We're not sure that Farrah has the intellect for porn, because she told TMZ that she's against the release of the tape and may sue whomever to stop it from going public.

Uh, Farrah, James Deen is not your boyfriend, he's a porn star, and your sex tape, according to the guy in it, is being edited.

Who edits a sex tape they don't want the public to see?

Putting the kibosh to rumors that he and Farrah were a couple, Deen said, "Definitely not dating. Got tested together on Friday and then saw her on set. That is my only experience with the lady."

Ooh, so romantic. "Tests. Camera. Action!"

TMZ says that the XXX footage is being shopped around, and Vivid head guy Steve Hirsch told TMZ that he's seen the tape and "[i]t's amazing . . . I'm doing everything in my power to get the rights to put it out."

TATTBITS

Judy Sheindlin (a/k/a "Judge Judy") and CBS TV Distribution said Monday that the feisty former New York state judge has signed on for two more years of her show. It's one of the top draws in daytime, seen by roughly 10 million people each episode.

Her current contract runs through 2015, and the new deal extends her through 2017, the year she turns 74. That would give her 21 years on the air, which she compared Monday to a winning hand in blackjack.

A spokesman had no comment on whether Judy will be getting a raise from her reported $45 million annual salary.

That's $45 million.

Tattle should have gone to law school to become a fake judge.

* Newly pregnant Halle Berry says that she's a woman of compassion, and fashion designer Michael Kors says that he's a man of action. Together, they want to make a dent in the battle against world hunger.

They announced a philanthropic campaign Monday called Watch Hunger Stop that includes raising money through the sale of a version of Kors' best-selling Runway watch. For each $295 watch sold, 100 meals will be provided to children through the U.N. World Food Programme.

Berry and Kors are planning to visit places where the program will be sending meals, including Africa and Syria.

Berry, who is expecting her first child with fiance Olivier Martinez, said in an interview: "I hope we go while I'm pregnant, so I can talk about prenatal care."

* According to "Entertainment Tonight," the ubiquitous Blake Shelton is going to perform at and officiate at Kelly Clarkson's upcoming wedding.

Kelly is marrying Blake's manager, Brandon Blackstock, and the couple's original minister reportedly droppped out.

We know plenty of people who have had their wedding officiated by a judge, but not a judge on "The Voice."

- Daily News wire services

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