Popular Cuban actress and American celebrity Ana de Armas made a trip to communist Cuba where she reunited with family. The rising Hollywood star took along her boyfriend, who witnessed what media is reporting as a “tearful reunion” with family, although she had visited just two years ago with Ben Afleck, her boyfriend at that time.
Ana de Armas is visiting Cuba with her boyfriend. The Hollywood star is currently spending some quality time with her family ahead of her 35th birthday, after her last visit with her then-boyfriend Ben Affleck two years ago.
This time the actress traveled with her boyfriend Paul Boudakadakis. The star and the Tinder executive were spotted arriving from the U.S. at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba.
Ana’s best friend, Claudia Muma Alvariño, posted a video about her emotional arrival at her home country, where she was received with hugs. The pair couldn’t hold back the tears after finally seeing each other.
While it’s difficult to fault anyone for wanting to see their family, it should be noted the only reason Ana de Armas was allowed into Cuba is because she has never uttered a disparaging word against the communist dictatorship. If de Armas had ever publicly spoken out in defense of the Cuban people and condemned the brutal oppression they suffer at the hands of the Castro regime, she would have never been allowed to return.
Even during the massive uprising that took place in July 2021, where thousands of Cubans took to the streets in peaceful protests and were beaten, arrested, imprisoned, and even murdered by the Cuban dictatorship, the best de Armas could do was offer some tepid social media posts that appeared crafted to not offend the regime. While she is willing to speak out and protest for other causes, it seems she is not willing to do the same for Cuba.
In fact, the Castro dictatorship not only sees Ana de Armas as harmless, but after starring in the Cuban propaganda movie “WASP Network,” they also see her as a public relations tool. While in Cuba, the Cuban state-run media website CubaDebate attempted to interview her, although to her credit she refused the request. Nevertheless, the Cuban dictatorship’s willingness to interview her shows they considered her visit to the island as a net positive for the regime and had no concerns she would say anything negative about them. Contrast that with other artists and celebrities such as Andy Garica, Paquito D’Rivera, Willy Chirino, and many others who have spoken out against the murderous Castro dictatorship. None of them would ever be allowed to set foot in Cuba. Even the late Celia Cruz, who was outspoken and never missed an opportunity to condemn the dictatorship, was denied entry to Cuba to attend her mother’s funeral.
It is obvious Ana de Armas has chosen to keep her opinion on Cuba to herself and not disclose if she truly supports the cause of freedom in Cuba, and that’s her prerogative. But the Cuban exile community that came before her after giving everything up in their homeland and who opened pathways in the U.S. that she now enjoys, should not forget that.