Humberto Fontova takes on the NYC artist and his tribute to fidel castro for Central Park:
So it’s only fitting that New York honor Fidel Castro with a massive monument in Central Park to be unveiled November 8th. “The portrait celebrates Castro’s humanitarianism,” gushes David Kesting, the spokesman for the statue’s sculptor. “Inspiration for the gilded head of Castro, large enough to belong to a 25 foot man, comes from Harlem’s acclamation for Castro’s contributions to civil rights,” reads a wire story. “This may be the last opportunity to say farewell” to the man some revere as a champion of civil rights … The Central Park unveiling of his portrait is an attempt to bring Harlem’s adoration for Castro to the rest of the world.”
“Useful Idiocy” simply wont do. American Castrophilia requires a term all it’s own. No tribute that Walter Duranty, Roger Baldwin, Dashiel Hammet, Albert Einstein, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, or even Franklin Delano Roosevelt lavished on Stalin approaches Ted Turner’s, Harry Belafonte’s, Jesse Jackson’s, Norman Mailer’s, Charlie Rangel’s and those multitude of other plaudits to Fidel Castro.
A monument heralding Hitler in Warsaw, London or Rotterdam would make more sense. Had the wishes of the man commemorated in that Central Park statue prevailed, Central Park itself might still be radioactive, and the charred remains of New York residents Charlie Rangel (who specializes in passionate bear-hugs of Castro) and Norman Mailer (who hails Castro as “the Hemisphere’s greatest hero!”) would fit in a milk carton.