Jennifer Lopez makes a birthday blunder

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," July 1, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: Superstar Jennifer Lopez issues a rare apology after singing happy birthday at a lavish celebration for the president of Turkmenistan, a notorious dictator.


JENNIFER LOPEZ, POP STAR: And we wish you a very, very happy birthday. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday, Mr. President.


GUILFOYLE: That president's regime has been described as, quote, "among the most repressive in the world."

Lopez's publicist later issued a statement saying, quote, "This was not a government sponsored event or political in nature, had there been knowledge of human rights issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended."

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Can I bring up something about the happy birthday?

GUILFOYLE: No, no, no.


GUTFELD: You think I am talking about -- how do you say when you get to that part where you say the name, happy birthday to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that's hard.


BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Happy birthday to you.

Let's put it in perspective. This was paid for by the Chinese oil company who pays for these things in repressive regimes because China is repressive in and of itself. She vetted this thing. How could you vet this and not know this thug is one of the great torturers of the world.

GUILFOYLE: Bob, I don't know how you tie it to China.

BECKEL: They paid for it.


ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: It's not even China.

BECKEL: It's China oil companies.

BOLLING: Stop it, Bob.

BECKEL: Sold by the Chinese.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: Turkmenistan probably does have a lot of Chinese influence.



BECKEL: No, it doesn't.

GUILFOYLE: Let's get it back on the track. Bolling?


BOLLING: Good idea.

I think there's no way she didn't understand what she was doing. She went there to put down 1 million bucks or 2 million bucks, whatever they paid her.

PERINO: I bet it is a lot more than that.

BOLLING: So, look --

PERINO: Also, when she apologized, her staff said --

BOLLING: Is there really a Turkmenistan and is this guy really a dictator?


GUILFOYLE: You know we're going to be made fun of now because we don't know where Turkmenistan is.


BOLLING: I am going to say there is no dictator and there is no Turkmenistan.

PERINO: Her spokesperson said had there been knowledge of human rights issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended, which means Jennifer is definitely overpaying her staff, because if you just do Google, you put in Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov whatever his name is, that's all you will find.

People in Hollywood are not held to the same standard and they turn a blind eye, because they're like, yes, I know what it was like, cool 5 million bucks for it. If she was going to apologize, she also should have done something to donate to the people that have been victimized by him. He is a horrible, horrible person.

BECKEL: All they have to do is go to Google. Endless numbers from U.N. Human Rights Watch, on down the list, this guy is right near the top. And, by the way, it ain't Newark.


PERINO: They need to hire a consultant, hire one person that works in a Republican administration, one from Democratic administration, have them write you up a little memo and a briefing paper that tells you what the countries are like.

GUILFOYLE: Celebrities do this, there's probably $4 million in a Swiss account, Gutfeld.

GUTFELD: No, I was going to say how stupid celebrities are. Once they get outside of the country, they forget that the Internet is worldwide, like what happens in Turkmenistan doesn't stay in Turkmenistan any more.

Just thinking you can leave our borders and no one knows what you're doing, that's over. We know.

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