In a touching sign of respect for the countless civilians killed or displaced in Syria, movie and music star Jennifer Lopez has raised her fee to perform at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s birthday party on September 11th. According to Lopez, the decision to raise her quote from the $1.5 million she was paid in June to perform for the brutal Turkmenistan dictator, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, on his birthday, to $2.5 million to perform at al-Assad’s birthday bash was simply the right thing to do after the recent violence in Syria.
“I agree with President Obama and Senator McCain that Assad should pay for the innocent women and children he’s murdered,” Lopez told Hollywood & Swine. “But more importantly, he has to pay even more for me to sing for him on his birthday. I’m not saying I’m a hero for taking this bold stance, but my publicist will.”
Lopez, who has come under controversy this year after the Human Rights Foundation accused her over earning over $10 million performing live for dictators in Eastern Europe and Russia, believes her stance on Syria could help reverse her negative PR.
In addition to raising her quote to perform at Assad’s birthday, she will also show her support for the Syrian victims by only performing material from her new album and putting in even less effort in her performance than she did in her recent film “Parker.”
Lopez’s upcoming performance in Syria Wednesday comes on the heels of President Obama asking congress to allow him to take military action against Assad’s regime for using chemical weapons against his own civilians, including children. In even more horrific allegations, Assad has been accused of using Lopez’s music and films like “The Back-Up Plan,” “Angel Eyes,” and “Gigli,” against civilians to destroy their morale.
Fortunately, President Obama believes by having Lopez perform at Assad’s birthday celebration Wednesday, he will finally be able to convince congress and the international community that a well-timed military strike can rid the world of not only one of the its most ruthless dictators but also one of its most ruthless celebrities.