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If there's one thing Jennifer Lopez learned the hard way, it's never to get involved in a dispute between the Greeks and the Turks.
Following a storm of protest, the multihyphenate has canceled a concert in the Turkish-controlled northern section of Cyprus that was to mark the opening of a luxury hotel.
"Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse," Team J.Lo said in a statement on her website. "After a full review of the relevant circumstances in Cyprus, it was the decision of her advisers to withdraw from the appearance."
Lopez was reportedly to earn $3 million to perform at the Cratos Premium Hotel on July 24, her 41st birthday, and stay at the hotel with hubby Marc Anthony, their two kids and friends.
But little did they realize that the hotel played host to ethnic warfare in 1974, when Greece's archenemy, Turkey, invaded the island and forcibly removed nearly 200,000 Greek loyalists. The invaders declared an independent Turkish state and Cyprus was divided, although the northern territory is not recognized as a sovereign state by either the European Union or the U.S.
Upon hearing that J.Lo had booked the show, thousands of Greek Cypriots took to the Internet in protest with more than 19,000 signing a Facebook petition.
"This was a team decision that reflects our sensitivity to the political realities of the region," the Lopez statement added.
Glad to hear the Back-Up Planner had a back-out plan.
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