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Cliche Photos of ‘Everyday Life’ in Cuba

Business Insider is running a feature that promises 30 Stunning Photos Of Everyday Life in Havana. To their credit, the photo report manages to ignore the misery of life on the island while cramming almost every single cliche about Cuba and its associated propaganda into a relatively small number of photographs.

1 comment to Cliche Photos of ‘Everyday Life’ in Cuba

  • asombra

    The photo is so blatantly bogus and over-the-top that I don't know whether to laugh or cry. On one level it's hilarious kitsch; on another level, it's deeply sad: this is what Cubans have been reduced to, making risible clowns of themselves to score a few bucks off mindless foreign tourists. In other words, Cuba as quaintly exotic ethnic zoo. Of course, the people who take and propagate such pictures as genuine are not condescending or racist or anything. Not at all. They just want a good time at a suitable theme park, which they expect to provide such "colorful" photo ops. But I'm not bitter, really. Lord have mercy.

    P.S. Every significant piece of architecture shown is pre-Castro. Every single one. Imagine that.