"I don’t like the idea of promoting fear to gain popularity. It’s so ugly. He’s [Pres. Trump] an idiot!” - “Feminist” rock star Deborah Harry
“Che Guevara and Fidel Castro are fascinating, enigmatic political heroes and antiheroes in the United States for the most part. It was always very attractive to me…” - Harry rhapsodizing over the co-founders of the only regime in the history of the Western Hemisphere to criminalize rock music, herd its practitioners and fans into forced-labor camps at Soviet bayonet point while jailing and torturing the most and longest–suffering female political prisoners in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere.)
Harry’s love notes to Fidel and Che come in association with “hipster/feminist” Blondie’s recent business partnership with the only regime in the history of the Western Hemisphere to outlaw rock music, while jailing and torturing the most and longest-suffering black, female and gay political prisoners in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere.
But don’t get me wrong, amigos. The Fake News Media and Blondie’s management do not term this business partnership in the same manner as does this column. Instead we get:
“The band [Blondie] will host a four-day cultural-exchange program in the isolated country [Stalinist Cuba] next month.”
As often explained hereabouts, Cuba’s tourism industry and infrastructure are majority-owned by the Stalinist regime’s military and secret police--which is to say, by prominent members of the Castro family itself.
Oh, I know, I know, the stenographers (granted, they fancy themselves “reporters”) in the Fake News Media with Havana bureaus have dutifully transcribed their memos from the Castro regime’s propaganda ministry and thus swear up and down that Cuba is currently run by a non-Castro named Miguel Diaz-Canel.
What a joke. Elsewhere I’ve already outed this pathetic puppet of a “Cuban President” for the sniveling Castro family eunuch he actually is.
And speaking of “cultural-exchanges” with Stalinist regimes:
“Cultural exchanges with foreign countries are our most effective propaganda.” - Soviet KGB document dated May 20, 1981, discovered and translated by Vladimir Bukovsky.
Instead Deborah Harry and her bandmates might benefit from “cultural exchanges” with some Cuban rock fans such as Charlie Bravo:
“When Castro’s goons caught me with a Led Zeppelin record, they led me to a Stairway all right—but at bayonet-point and this stairway hardly led to Heaven, instead it led down into a dark jail cell.”
On the orders of Deborah Harry’s heartthrobs, Charlie was joined by tens of thousands of other Cuban youths. A few years earlier the hundreds of Soviet KGB and East German STASI "consultants" who flooded Cuba in the early 60's found an extremely eager acolyte in Harry’s idol Che Guevara.
You see, amigos, traditionally in the Castro fiefdom rock and pop music was denounced as a “yankee-imperialist”subversion. Sure, here in America we had the much-dreaded and maligned (by leftists) Legion of Decency, Hay’s Code, Catholic League, etc. But the much-admired (by leftists) Castro regime went a bit further than finger-wagging sermons and government lobbying by a few church ladies. They even went further than Ed Sullivan issuing a few admonitions before his rocker guests took to his stage (as happened to the Rolling Stones in 1967 before they performed "Let’s Spend the Night Together").
Instead, the (much admired by hipsters) Castro regime simply rounded up Cuban “roqueros” (rock-music fans), blue-jean wearers, draft-dodgers, gays and other such “long-haired, hippie-types” en masse and herded them into Soviet-designed forced-labor camps. "Work Will Make Men Out of You," read the sign in bold letters above the gate, beside the machine gunners posted all along the watchtowers. The initials for these camps were UMAP, not GULAG, but the conditions were quite similar.
“Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates!” commanded Deborah Harry’s honeybunch and hipster youth icon Che Guevara. “Instead, they must dedicate themselves to study, work, and military service!” “Youth,” commanded this icon of “do-your-own-thing” hipsters, “should learn to think and act as a mass!”
In a famous speech, Guevara even vowed “to make individualism disappear from Cuba! It is criminal to think of individuals!”
"These (long-haired) youths walk around with their transistor radios listening to imperialist music!" raved Fidel Castro in a 1968 speech. "They corrupt the morals of young girls -- and destroy posters of Che! What do they think? That this is a bourgeois liberal regime? NO! There's nothing liberal in us! We are collectivists! We are communists! There will be no Prague Spring here!"
“What?!” you say. Young people “destroying images of Che Guevara?!" But how could such a thing be?!
Easy. Unlike for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voters, for Cuban youths who were forced by fate to actually live under socialism, the impulse to destroy Che Guevara’s image is irresistible, believe me.