Jennifer Lopez has driven into a mess of bad publicity. Her commercial for automaker Fiat has spawned a backlash against the star, again. This time over the company’s ties to Iran’s nuclear program.
Advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran was apparently spurned after it wrote to the singer, asking her to disavow her endorsement deal with Fiat. The company provides trucks used to transport Iran’s ballistic missiles. So now the group has released a devastating video.
The clip parses Lopez’s commercial, where she’s pictured driving a Fiat, with scenes of the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown against protesters. In the video, posted on YouTube and rapidly going viral, Lopez appears to drive blithely past bloodied protesters and street hangings.
“They hired me to convince Americans to buy their cars,” a woman intones in a voice over. “I wish Fiat had told me they also sell to Iran. Fiat sells cars, trucks, and other equipment on the streets of Iran … I would never want that on my block, but Fiat does pay me millions.”
It’s not the first time that Lopez has made a mess of international relations. She agreed to sing at a hotel opening in Turkish occupied Cyprus on the 36th anniversary of the island’s Turkish invasion. Greek Cypriot groups went ballistic.
Lopez later canceled the appearance and posted a statement on her Web site. “Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse.” So far she hasn’t responded to calls for her to end her Fiat relationship.
The “American Idol” judge was also widely criticized insisting on having the car on stage during her American Music Awards performance. Her commercial debuted on the show. Check out the video below.