Babalu’s resident curmudgeon, Asombra, pointed out that this Gavin Turk guy (the artist who superimposed himself on the Che likeness that appearED in the Hotel W) got no grief whatsoever from Che’s heirs for using his famous image while many others have. Interesting observation. So please indulge your humble servant in some shoptalk:
Supposedly the Aleida Guevaras (mother and daughter, both apparatchiks for Cuba’s Stalinist regime) only oppose the use of Che’s image in a “disrespectful manner.” At least this is what their New York lawyers told the lawyers for my New York publishers, Sentinel, who greatly upset the Guevara family by using a likeness of Korda’s Che pic on my Che book’s original cover. Turk, on the other hand, is a long-time Che Guevara iconographer in anything but a disrespectful manner.
More than merely “disrespectful,” the Stalinist apparatchiks complained, my use of Che’s pic was “ABOMINABLE!” Fair enough.
So here was a regime that abolished property rights whining about a violation of their intellectual property rights!…Whatever. Sentinel knuckled under, and the second and third book printings of Exposing the Real Che Guevara used a slightly different Che pic. Seen here:
Three years later Sentinel released Jonah Goldberg’s “Tyranny of Cliche’s” and apparently the threat still stood. Carefully note the pic on the T-shirted figure on the Sentinel cover for Goldberg’s book:
Now carefully note the pic on his T-shirt when National Review featured Goldberg’s book:
Apparently National Review did not feel bound by Sentinel’s pledge, and may have even been annoyed by it?
Also, for whatever reason, the Russian and Brazilian publishers of my book were not threatened for using the Korda image, or did not submit to Castroite blackmail:
Oh…and by the way, in the meanwhile, Sentinel published a book by some guy named Marco Rubio…?
(Oye pero la verdad que aqui en Babalu se aprenden cosas!)