15 thoughts on “The Estefans win “Heroes of Liberty” award”

  1. The Estefans may make nice music (personally I stopped listening to it long ago) but they are ever opportunistic liberal elites who have used the Cuban exile community to advance their own goals to gain power over and over. This award is wasted on them.

  2. I disagree. The Estefans brought the cause Damas de Blanco directly to the president’s ear and to the forefront of the world. They have never had any position other than opposing the regime.

    Even if you consider them liberal elites, they are still taking an anti-Castro position and on that particular matter, they have my respect.

  3. There you go again David,

    Emilio Estefan has admitted voting for Barack Obama back in 2008.

    If that wasn’t bad enough, the Estefans spend considerable amount of time with all the Hollywood and Music industry liberals that happen to be Fidel Castro and Che Chevara worshipper. Please don’t tell me that this isn’t true because you know it is.

    Oh I forgot, this is part of socializing in the entertaining industry among artists.

    BULLSHIT…

    And yet Emilio Estefan did not achieved anything in that fundraiser he held for Obama regarding the freedom of Cuba other than provide money for a political party and a President that is trying to turn America into another Marxist/Socialist state.

    Sincerely I don’t know what it going to take for you to see the light on this issue and stop putting entertainers in a pedestal that they don’t belong.

  4. “The Estefans brought the cause Damas de Blanco directly to the president’s ear and to the forefront of the world”

    And the President took the Estefans and all those attending that party money and did nothing about Damas de Blanco.

    Reminds me of Fidel Castro taking money from the rich in Cuba to fund his Revolution and then confiscated their properties.

    Unfortunately David some people cannot understand the reality that is smacking them right on their faces, you happen to be one of those individuals.

    Time to open yours eyes and stop making excuses as some truths cannot be ignored.

    Time to stop been so naive…

  5. The Damas de Blanco were already quite well known internationally to anybody with any significant interest in Cuba before the Estefans publicly joined the bandwagon. The POTUS, whether Obama or anybody else, does not need to be informed of relevant goings-on in Cuba by entertainers, assuming he cares to know what’s going on there. He has plenty of sources to get such information, starting with the US diplomats in Havana.

    It’s too bad the Estefans couldn’t have been “Heroes of Dignity” and instead seriously soiled a supposed musical tribute to Cuba with the completely unnecessary, not to say gratuitous, inclusion of avowed Che-lover Santana. To make it worse, the Che-lover is from Mexico, which has an abominable pro-Castro track record. No Cuban should ever give such a Mexican the time of day. The Santana business was an insult to Cuba as well as any Cuban with an ounce of self-respect, and I am unaware of any apology to date. There are some lines which should never be crossed, no matter how “correct” or convenient it may be to do so.

    I think the Estefans want it both ways, and it won’t wash. It never does. I definitely think they don’t want to be seen as part of “those people” in South Florida, which would explain both the Santana thing and the Obama connection. In my opinion, they’d do better to just ignore the Cuba issue completely, as Cameron Diaz does, but I suppose they can’t. They’re a Miami product and need the Cuban-American business. The whole thing smells, and I don’t mean perfume.

  6. I disagree. The Estefans brought the cause Damas de Blanco directly to the president’s ear and to the forefront of the world. They have never had any position other than opposing the regime.

    Even if you consider them liberal elites, they are still taking an anti-Castro position and on that particular matter, they have my respect.

    Agreed, Dave. Not to mention the number of marches/demonstrations they organized back in April (including the huge one here in Miami). Here’s Ninoska Perez Castellon’s quote in the Miami Herald responding to the Obama fundraiser the Estefans hosted:

    “They have always said they’re nonpartisan, they’re neither Republicans or Democrats, and that’s exactly what they said the march would be,” she said. “When (the fundraiser) came out, a lot of people kind of felt, `Why had they not disclosed this before?”

    And here’s her quote in Sunday’s Marquez piece:

    “If you follow (the Estefans’) careers, you realize that all that they have done has been to benefit the Cuban people”

    While the Estefans’ support of Obama stinks, who can reasonably argue against their public stances against the regime? Ninoska Perez Castellon understands the distinction her group is making via this award.

  7. “They have always said they’re nonpartisan, they’re neither Republicans or Democrats.” This is also known as wanting to have it both ways. And it still won’t wash. Or is that the explanation for the Santana thing? As in, “They are neither opposed to or in favor of avowed Che lovers, even if it involves a project explicitly said to be in honor of Cuba.” As for bringing anything to the president’s ear, if the POTUS needs the Estefans to clue him in on what’s cooking in Cuba, we might as well forget everything, because we’re fucking doomed (and I’m not just talking about Cuba, either). I mean, please. Even Obama can’t possibly be that out of it.

  8. Robert:

    You’re right that no one can reasonably argue against the public stances the Estefans’ have taken in regards to Cuba, but neither can anyone reasonably argue against the fact they have also taken some questionable stances in regards to Cuba. It is that sort of duplicity that bothers people; while one hand strikes out at the dictatorship, the other hand caresses those that admire it.

    It all comes across as them trying to have it both ways.

    Personally, I don’t think the Estefans are all that political and I don’t think they really care if a Republican or a Democrat is president. I believe all they think about is money, and each and every single decision they make and stance they take is dictated by its profit potential.

    To me at least, that makes them more despicable than a leftist ideologue or a useful idiot; one is driven by principles, while the other is driven by stupidity. The Estefans, however, are driven by neither. It is all about the Benjamins with them.

  9. Nailed too Alberto,

    Unfortunately with the Estefans it is all about the Benjamins.

    Aqui lo que importa es el CASH!

  10. What about Willy Chirino? Just curious, sorry. I know its a little of topic. But what can we say about him? I know Paquito de Rivera is on top of things. But I dont think I’ve heard ever anyone say anything about Chirino. What do you guys think?

  11. If I’m not mistaken, Myriam Márquez was the editor in charge of supervising the Oscar Corral hatchet job on the Radio/TV Martí “moonlighters” who worked for the Herald. Yes, the ultimate responsibility belonged to her boss, one Tom Fiedler, the amazing (half)wit who called “those people” Chihuahuas, but that whole miserable episode hardly inspires confidence in her. She may have learned to be more cautious or circumspect as a result of that mess, but again, it’s hard to overlook her role in it. Fiedler publicly praised and defended her performance at the time, which was entirely predictable, but has she ever publicly apologized in any way? I don’t follow the Herald except when it’s practically unavoidable, so maybe somebody more in touch with it knows something about the matter that I’ve missed. In any case, assuming it’s the same woman, whatever she writes (especially if it’s Cuba-related) should be taken with due skepticism. Besides, being employed by the Herald to handle Cuba-related topics is already cause for suspicion, certainly mine.

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