Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago comments today on the pollution many of us are finding in our mailboxes: junk mail promoting Dish Network’s “Cubamax” TV channel. She hits the nail in so many ways:
Cuba-sanctioned TV arrives in U.S., sugar-coated for Yanqui viewers
The age of rapprochement with Cuba has moved into the realm of the absurd.
We’re not doing so well exporting democracy, but the famously propagandist Cuban television is making a debut in America.
“De Cuba a la Yuma,” boasts the DishLATINO sales brochure that arrived in my mailbox, peddling in Cuban street lingo a new channel of state- sanctioned Cuban programming aimed at the U.S.
“CUBAMAX TV has arrived….”
Missing: quality artistic production and freedom — to be expected from an entity with direct connection to the ruling Communist party.
I’ll let you read the whole beautiful thing at the Herald but the closer is a doozy:
For the bargain price of a $34.99 per month subscription, DishLATINO will import into your home 24 hours of this low-budget, badly acted dramas, soft Commie porn propaganda, and Cuban children’s programming.
Now, you too can raise your kid to be a good soldier of the Revolution like Eliancito.
Fifty-seven years of dogmatic fidelismo and Cubans are still fleeing the island anyway they can — and in record numbers, post-engagement. Back home, to get away from drab Cuban TV, they paid for a viewing “paquete” circulated in the black market with American shows and Cuban Miami fare. Now that they’re here, they’re pursued as… Cuba television consumers! Fertile targets for the sale of products from the state they fled — so Kafkian.
Viva la Yuma, lucky land of the uncensored, where you can subscribe to all the junk TV your brain cells can stand.
My experience tells me there are certainly “Latinos” in this country who idolize Cuba under Castro. I just don’t think a lot of them are Cubans living in Miami, and this channel certainly could not have been conceived to appeal to them. Nobody is that stupid, or are they?