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Che Guevara: “idealist,” “symbol of liberation.” Phil Robertson “Liar!” “Hater!”

"And of course the dog stays, right A&E?"

Not since the young Vito Corleone persuaded landlord Signor Roberto to “walkback” his decision to evict the poor widow and her dog (“and the dog stays, right?”) has a business decision been reversed as abruptly, awkwardly or hilariously. We can only wonder what Phil Robertson’s version of “of course the dog stays, right?” sounded like to the hat-holding and stuttering A&E executives.

“Who put a book by that filthy f*ggot on my shelf!” snarled Che Guevara (subject of a History Channel glorification) upon noticing a book on the shelf of the Cuban embassy in Algiers in December 1964. The disgusted Che yanked out the book by Virgilio Pinera and slammed it against the wall, while snarling more insults of the sort Phil Robertson politely eschewed in his GQ interview.

Pinera was an internationally-famous gay poet who had somehow prospered in “fascist, racist, classist, macho-ist, etc. etc. etc.” Cuba before its “liberation” and “progressive enlightenment” by the Castro brothers and Che Guevara as hailed by the world’s “progressives” practically en masse.

A year after Che Guevara’s tantrum against “filthy f*ggots!” the regime he co-founded began herding tens of thousands of Cuban men and boys into forced labor camps for the crime of fluttering their eyelashes, flapping their hands, wearing tight pants, talking with a lisp, listening to rock music, etc. Indeed, the regime hailed by rockers from Carlos Santana to Bonnie Raitt, from Stephen Stills to Chrissie Hynde and from Jackson Browne to Jimmy Buffet coined a new term for criminal activity within its Stalinist realm: “Elvispresleyism.”

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6 comments to Che Guevara: “idealist,” “symbol of liberation.” Phil Robertson “Liar!” “Hater!”

  • asombra

    Virgilio Piñera (1912-79) was an important Cuban literary figure: poet, short-story writer, novelist, playwright and essayist. He was not a "flamer," meaning he was not out to flaunt his homosexuality, but he was definitely not "straight-acting" and everyone knew he was gay. At the infamous 1961 meeting between Cuba's major artists and intellectuals with the Maximum Macho, where they were all told, in essence, that they'd better tow the "revolutionary" line or else, nobody dared to say a word except Piñera, who got up and said the he was very afraid. His fears were not unfounded. He was tolerated for a while, but eventually was arrested for his homosexuality and subsequently ostracized, kept under surveillance and reduced to obscurity. The "revolution" made his last years quite miserable, although now, in the "Mariela era," his oeuvre has been "rehabilitated." Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that his life was screwed over.

  • Indeed, Asombra. That infamous 1961 meeting with Cuba's artists was where Castro first proclaimed his most famous Mussolini-ism: "Everything within the Revolution--nothing outside of it."

  • asombra

    In the wake of the 1961 "Congress of Writers and Artists," which was designed to bring Cuba's creative community firmly into line with the Castro regime, homophobia became much more overt. It became official policy to "prevent those whose morals do not enhance the prestige of the revolution from representing [Cuba] artistically abroad," and it was proposed that such people (read "maricones," or queers) be sent to special centers for "rehabilitation." Fidel Castro himself declared that "Cultural endeavors cannot serve as a means for the proliferation of false intellectuals who presume, far removed from the masses and from the spirit of our revolution, to present snobbery, extravagance, homosexuality and other social aberrations as if they were expressions of revolutionary art." Because, you know, art, like everything else, should only exist to serve the purposes of the "revolution" (read Fidel Castro).

  • Honey

    You know what they say about those who are strongest in their protests against gays.
    Come on out of the closet, Fidel and Raul.

  • asombra

    In the horrid pre-Castro era, when everyone knows everything was SO much worse, it was still somehow possible for a homosexual man, who also happened to be black and came from poverty, to rise by force of sheer talent to become Editor-in-Chief of Cuba's oldest, most conservative and most aristocratic newspaper, El Diario de la Marina. His name was Gaston Baquero, and yes, he died in exile.

  • asombra

    One of the greatest figures in Cuban music, Ernesto Lecuona, known as the Cuban Gershwin, was a homosexual. That was never an issue and never hindered his career. Under Castro, it would definitely have been an issue and his enormous talent might well have been stifled and suppressed. He also died in exile.