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  1. Why isn’t Gloria Estefan wearing a matching Che T-shirt with Carlos Santana? I still have the one I received in Cuba from Fidel Castro.

  2. Mr. Gomez: Why did you not include my photo on the cover? I am more famous that Carlos Santana since I am the President and CEO of Our Elderly Grandparents Foundation. Have you read my book “Not so Secret Missions to Cuba?” Santana has never even penned a manuscript and I doubt that he can write.

  3. I knew it! remember toda la caca Emilio $aid in hi$ letter a while back. I was right then and I continue to be right now! He is full of caca becau$e $ome video que $antana wa$ going to publically denounce communi$m. Bueno……where i$ it? Just like Fidel as with Emilio…..the end justifie$ the mean$, and the mean$ mean$ ca$h for them. Gloria….there is no glory in your trea$on.

  4. Guarijo,
    This weeping sound track with Santana was probably already in the works when Emilio announced that Santana was going to denounce Communism. This reminds me of an analogy with Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter”
    “A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
    “Is what we chiefly need:
    Pepper and vinegar besides
    Are very good indeed–
    Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
    We can begin to feed.”
    “But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
    Turning a little blue.
    “After such kindness, that would be
    A dismal thing to do!”
    “The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
    “Do you admire the view?
    “It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
    “To play them such a trick,
    After we’ve brought them out so far,
    And made them trot so quick!”
    The Carpenter said nothing but
    “The butter’s spread too thick!”
    “I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
    “I deeply sympathize.”
    With sobs and tears he sorted out
    Those of the largest size,
    Holding his pocket-handkerchief
    Before his streaming eyes.
    “O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
    “You’ve had a pleasant run!
    Shall we be trotting home again?’
    But answer came there none–
    And this was scarcely odd, because
    They’d eaten every one.

  5. The Estefan’s son MONSTROS DE AVARICIA. I was looking at the video and if I’m not mistaken, I also saw Jose Feliciano in the vid. In other words, they are trying to cover all of their bases. With Santana, they try to get the Mexican American consumers and with Feliciano, the Puerto Ricans. With the Estefan’s, that’s the bottom line $$$$$ and nothing else. Folks, don’t forget the MIDEM controvery in the late 90’s when Gloria wrote a letter to the Miami Herald calling her community intransigents because they didn’t want MIDEM in Miami since MIDEM [which is an international organization for musicians] wanted to bring musicians from Cuba over to Miami for an international conference. Yep, she tapped danced over to the side of the “MODERATES” and started talking about understanding, and tolerance and attacking us while the Herald and the anti-exile MSM had a field day.
    By the way, Gloria has no voice and her songs are all stale. Great videos, nice clothing, nice packaging, but no voice and no new material. And her lyrics suck too.

  6. Henry:
    That picture is the kiss of death for the E$tefans in our community. They knew what they were doing and how their fans felt about Mr. Santana. Shame on them!

  7. Just saw the video. It can be summmed up in two words: Marketing Strategy. This is big business time, baby. Scruples are for chumps.

  8. Asombra,
    I think this a marketing fiasco and I’ll tell you why. This album is a Spanish language album. That means the potential US market for the album is about 40 million people out of 300 million. But it’s not a Mexican album and Mexicans make up about 70% of the Hispanic in the US. So when you come right down and look at this thing the success is going to rise or fall with the core audience of 2 million Cubans living in the US. And if half of them are pissed about this santanagater thing then what’s the pool of potential buyers look like?
    Now, if this were an English language album I could see the some sort of “strategy” because the average American doesn’t have an emotional stake in Cuba.

  9. The strategy may or may not work, Henry, but I’m sure their marketing people disagree with you. They probably figured the number of potential buyers who’d be lost due to Santana would be expendable or offset by the number pulled in by him (including Mexicans, obviously).

  10. Who buys Santana’s records?
    It’s not, by and large, Mexicans or Spanish dominant Hispanics. It’s the general public. Santana is rock star not a latin rock star. The guy doesn’t even speak Spanish.

  11. Have any of you guys seen the new ad campaign for “The Fashionista Diaries” debuting next month? I first saw it in the last issue of Entertainment Weekly and looked for it on SoapNet’s website and sure enough, there it was.
    I sent it to Val via e-mail but I don’t know if he got it or not.

  12. By the way, great combo: crucifix and cold-blooded murderer. Oh yeah, Santana’s brilliant, all right; he only LOOKS like an idiotic asshole. I know I’d want him on MY album. A class act all the way, for sure. Definitely a coup for the Estefans.

  13. This is a marketing matter.
    You guys, often forget that there are life out US. In Europe, there are more than 400 millions potential customers that would love having everything aboout Che: A cool T-shirt and now a Santana’s cool outfit.
    They do not mind if Guevara killed some people, They do not even know where is a little island often called Cuba.
    Business are business.

  14. Elyoyo,
    If Gloria had designed the album cover as I have spoofed it here then I’d agree with you in saying she’s trying to appeal to all the leftist che-lovers out there. This was a stupid decision by people who we thought were smart but were actually dumb as wood.

  15. I’ve never bought any of her music and now I’m glad I haven’t. I wonder what her father would think about this. This is a real betrayal to her Cuban fans. I guess this is today’s way of thinking–what’s right is wrong and what’s wrong is right.

  16. Conductor Gomez: You are stone-cold busted for infringement of copyright. ACLU attorney John the Lionheart is drawing up the subpoena right now amicus curia. You can tell the judge all that crap about spoofing, satire, and parody. This time you are going to pay for everything: harassing Marifea for her previous espionage activities; slapping Oscar Corral’s photo on a “Missing” milk carton poster; comparing Ana Menendez to Mr. Ed; your Herald Watch blog, etc. You will get sued for everything you own, starting with your Cacharro. You will have to take the bus to the County Courthouse to fight this case. You better get a good lawyer, because this time we are really coming to get you. Enough is enough, damn it.

  17. Henry Gómez,
    Money does not have land, not feelings, not history. Money is just money.
    Cuban-american are just a couple of millions, but leftist people are dozens, hundreds of millions around the world. Santana’s records are sold out in some hours in the whole World, that’s a fact. So, its clear they’ve made a money desition, they are betting for bigger numbers and Cuban community in USA will have to live with it.
    Business are business.

  18. Ya Lisandro volvio a formar otro peo. Dude, crawl back under your FIU rock and take Lionheart, Marifea, and others with you. Babalublog does not take serious any threats from castristas. They did not work in the past and will not work now.

  19. I think part of the problem here is that we as a community keep expecting to get blood from turnips, so to speak. Lord knows we’ve done it with the US government, but I digress. The Estefans are first and foremost successful music business operators who happen to be of Cuban extraction, and they’re acting accordingly. Yes, using Santana was a bad move, from OUR perspective, but obviously not from theirs. These are NOT regular folks, and their supposed role as “symbols” of the Cuban-American community is more image than reality.
    Let’s face it: the Estefans are MUCH less representative of our community than, say, Val’s parents (or mine, for that matter). Their world is very different from ours. Being rich and/or famous does NOT automatically mean being extraordinary people as human beings. Felix Varela was extraordinary. Jose Marti was extraordinary. The Estefans are just entertainment celebrities; they’re not the standard bearers for Cuba’s freedom or any such exalted thing.
    True, they’ve been willing enough to assume the role that has been given them, but we need to stop worshipping idols with feet of clay, which is OUR fault, not that of the idols (even if they’re happy to benefit from it).

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