Highly popular American actress, singer and dancer, Jennifer Lopez has officially withdrawn from a concert planned for the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus after widespread criticism that the appearance would make a political statement, the entertainment website TMZ.com reported.
A Facebook group protesting this concert has gathered over 19,000 members to date and a great deal of angry protests have been heard from Greek and Greek-Cypriot fans, politicians and organisations after reports surfaced about the planned concert.
Lopez was to perform July 24 at a new hotel and casino in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus - an area that neither the United Nations nor the European Union recognize as an independent sovereign state, because of the way it was illegally occupied by the Turkish military in 1974."Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse," a representative for the American singer and actress told TMZ on Thursday.
"After a full review of the relevant circumstances in Cyprus, it was the decision of management to withdraw from the appearance. This was a team decision that reflects our sensitivity to the political realities of the region."
We at Global Greek World are glad that criticism and effective lobbying, properly organised, has the desired results!
We thank J-Lo and her team for having the sensitivity to understand that this concert would have sent the wrong message and to cancel it.
We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her in concert in the near future...
We read about it at TMZ/AFP