Che Guevara Actor’s Hypocrisy over Pinochet Film


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In the Robert Redford production The Motorcycle Diaries, Mexican-born actor Gael Garcia Bernal reveled in the role of Ernesto Guevara. “I cannot remember when I didn’t know about Che,” he sighed during an interview in 2004:

“Che has so much to do with your ideals as a young man. His mythification, Che the icon, is not three-dimensional. To have the T-shirt doesn’t mean much. With the film, we wanted to bring that character closer to ourselves.”

Now, in the movie “No,” Bernal is playing  the role of  Rene Saavedra, a Chilean  PR man mounting a  press campaign against Chilean President Augusto Pinochet during  a 1988 referendum. The movie’s title “No” refers to how the Bernal character wants Chileans to vote regarding Pinochet’s continuation as Chilean President.

“This made me realize the profound pain caused by the (Pinochet) dictatorship and it hit me hard,” he told The Associated Press this week in Santiago Chile. “The director wanted to make a movie about the history of what went on in 1988, as well as an introspection and reflection on democracy.”

While prepping for his role as Che in The Motorcycle Diaries, Bernal admits to often visiting Cuba for coaching by the Stalinist regime’s KGB-founded propaganda ministry. The regime co-founded by Che Guevara has banned voting under penalty of firing squad and prison for half a century.

After 14 years in power, Pinochet allowed a vote that ousted him. After 53 years, the regime co-founded by Che Guevara still outlaws it.

But we search in utter vain for any expression of “pain” felt by Bernal on behalf of Cubans, or any “reflection” by him (on the extinction of) Cuban democracy for a period over three times as long  as its absence in Chile.

But why pick on Gael Garcia Bernal?

Back in 2006, Fidel Castro got sick and seemed on his deathbed shortly before Augusto Pinochet passed away. So both names were much in the news. This provided a controlled setting, a veritable laboratory, for testing media bias.

The terms “human rights abuses,” along with “murders and tortures” appeared consistently in the articles on one Latin American leader, while being almost completely absent from stories about the other.

One leader jailed more political prisoners as a percentage of population than Stalin—and for three times as long. Modern history’s longest-suffering political prisoners languished in the prisons and forced-labor camps established by his regime. According to the Harvard-published “Black Book of Communism,” he executed 16,000 subjects by firing squad. These ranged in age from 16 to 68 and included women, at least one of them pregnant. According to the scholars and researchers at the Cuba Archive, his regime’s total death toll—from torture, prison beatings, machine gunning of escapees, drownings, etc.—comes to more than 100,000. According to Freedom House, 500,000 Cubans have suffered in his gulag and torture chambers. Today, 53 years after the establishment of the totalitarian police state, political prisoners still languish in his regime’s prisons for quoting Martin Luther King and Gandhi.

He is the one where the news articles omitted the terms “human rights abuses, torture and murders” and where “gains in health care and literacy” predominated

One led a coup to oust a Marxist regime that had been declared unconstitutional by his nation’s legislature and Supreme Court. In the “dirty war” immediately following the coup, 3,000 people were killed and 30,000 arrested. Within a few years, all had been released or exiled.

He was the one reviled for “human rights abuses, killings and tortures.”

To wit:

From the Washington Post 12/10/06: “Gen. Augusto Pinochet, 91, the former Chilean dictator whose government murdered and tortured thousands during his repressive 17-year rule, died yesterday.”

From the New York Times 12/11/06: “Augusto Pinochet, Dictator Who Ruled by Terror in Chile, Dies at 91. Gen. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, the brutal dictator who repressed and reshaped Chile for nearly two decades and became a notorious symbol of human rights abuse and corruption, died yesterday at the Military Hospital of Santiago.”

These consist of the very first sentences of these MSM stories on Pinochet.

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  • http://frontpage.com richard sherman

    Another useful idiot along with everyone in Hollywood except Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia…

    • cristina

      i would exclude gloria estefan since she has hosted lavish fundraisers at her home for the marxist obama. for me a cuban born american citizen- estefan is permanently on my sh_ t list!

      • http://frontpage.com richard sherman

        If she has done that she dishonored her father who fought against the Communists at the Bay of Pigs and Vietnam…for her to support someone who considers a card carrying Communist like Frank Marshall Davis his mentor is a disgrace. I stand corrected. Andy Garcia is now alone in Hollywood…

  • oldtimer

    He said it all in his first quoted statement: "…….His mythification…" he idolizes a myth of man. Against the first commandment of God. Only today the names are actors, musicians, etc….people "idolize" differently, but an idol is an idol.

  • Steve Chavez

    HOW ABOUT A "CARIBBEAN SPRING" to oust the World's longest serving dictator, FIDEL CASTRO?

    He never retired and still gives orders in between his changing of his COLOSTOMY BAG. Huh? Why do you think he wears such a baggie jacket and doesn't see very many visitors, unless it's the likes of Chavez and our Congressional Black Caucus? He stinks like CRAPOLA, LITERALLY!

    My former Governor, Bill Richardson, visited Castro and Cuba many times "on a trade mission" which I have yet to see any trade. Bill was quoted as saying one bad thing about Fidel: "He had bad dandruff."

    DOES OBAMA IDOLIZE CHE? OF COURSE HE DOES! If a poll was taken by members of Congress, many of them would idolize Che more than some of our Founding Fathers "who were slave owners" while dismissing A MURDERER!

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Che made Alice in Wonderland's Red Queen look like Oliver Wendell Holmes. His models were Lenin, Dzerzhinsky, and Stalin.

    Ernesto "Che" Guevara in his diaries….. "My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!"

    Alas, the…. "acrid odor of gunpowder and blood" – very rarely reached Guevara's nostrils from actual combat.

    It always came from the close-range murder of bound, gagged, and blindfolded men and boys.

    See: "Che Guevara at the Bay of Pigs" – April 14, 2010 – by By Humberto Fontova
    http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/04/che_guevar

    • A. Keen Observer

      Yes, I read that executing teenage boys was one of his favorite activities! He always wanted to pull the trigger himself!

  • Ghostwriter

    In my opinion,both Pinochet and Castro were horrible dictators and both deserve condemnation. Sadly,we hear too little of those who call Castro what he is,a monstrous dictator who murdered millions. Pinochet deserved that title and so does Castro.

    • Omar

      The difference between the two is that Pinochet was an authoritarian leader, while Castro is a totalitarian tyrant. Also, Pinochet eventually authorized a referendum in which Chilean voters chose to vote him out of power, while the Castro regime never authorized a single referendum on whether to keep the regime or vote the regime out of power.

  • http://twitter.com/psycin @psycin

    You guys should learn to say "NO" , sometimes, too. And not in anger either. The reason Cuba stays on as a communist dictatorship is because, without it, the raison d'etre of the "Pax Americana" would cease to exist. Trust me, baloney tastes the same no matter which side of that fence you're on. Say NO to state-sponsored baloney, you owe your brains that much at least.

  • Reco2

    oh please, Chilean parliament(their was no such thing under Batista) was dominated by two parties such as the Chilean National party: lead by an ex member of the national socialists of Chile(Nazi) Sergio Jarpa and the Chritian democrats which wrote such charming things as:

    “There is a cell of Jewish and Communist extraction which has come to lord it over Chile in the infamous alliance of the misnamed Popular Unity government. ”

    Castro meanwhile sent the former murderers of Batista to the wall(with the majority of Cubans supporting these executions).

    Chilean supreme court also declared Walter Raulff a “peaceful citizen”.

    The Jewish virtual library states: In 1972, Chilean President Salvador Allende, at the request of the Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, asked the Chilean Supreme Court to extradite Rauff to Germany. This application was again denied.

    Do you nutters think a supreme court that OPENLY sympathized with Nazis would not trample over the constitution to remove a “Jewish communist” as its president?

    Those executed by Che were murderers and rapists.

  • dar rak

    There is a major difference here that you deliberately trying to confuse, and that is; Pinochet (with the help of CIA) overthrew a democratically-elected government (of Allende) and installed a dictatorship that annihilated all civil society institutions by imprisoning, torturing and murdering hundreds of thousands of people.

    Whereas Che Guevara (with the help of people) overthrew a, corrupt dictatorship (of Batista) that had imprisoned, tortured and murdered thousands of people in Cuba by the support from the U.S.