Jennifer Lopez Cancels Cyprus Gig Due to the Country's Controversial Date

Jennifer Lopez

After learning that July 20 is the day that the islanders would rather forget because it marks the 36th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of the European island, the singer postpones her show.

Jennifer Lopez has withdrawn from a gig in Cyprus after critics slammed her for agreeing to the show on the 36th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of the European island. The singer was billed to perform at the opening of new hotel complex Cratos Premium in the Turkish Cypriot part of the popular tourist destination on July 20.

But she's scrapped the show after learning it coincides with a day islanders would rather forget, insisting she would never have agreed to the concert in the first place if she knew about the history and relevance of the date.

A representative tells TMZ, "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."

Previously, officials at the Cyprus Action Network of America started a campaign calling on Lopez to scrap the gig as it falls on the anniversary of the date that Turkish troops invaded the Greek-owned island in 1974.



    Eddie Feridun
    Jul 12, 2010

    Jul 09, 2010

    Please can you get your facts right. Cyprus was not a 'Greek-owned' island in 1974. Cyprus was (and remains) an independent republic. Turkey invaded the island (with covert but recognised USA and UK support) in 1974 and continues to occupy about one third of the island's total area.

    Jul 09, 2010

    Good decision. It would have been ridiculous to do this.

    Jul 09, 2010

    McPixelchick is an idiot do not listen to him The fact is CYPRUS WAS NEVER TURKISH !! Cyprus became independent after the Turkish invasion of 1974 before that it was controlled by a Greek-Cypriot governent

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