Sicko Banned in Cuba

Naturally, anyone with a modicum of knowledge regarding the reality of the health care system in Cuba recognized Michael Moore’s documentary mockumentary, Sicko, as nothing more than a propaganda piece for the Castro dictatorship. Like a good communist propagandist, Moore employed the most effective Stalinist and Hitlerite methods of agitprop, portraying Castro’s apartheid health care system as the finest in the world, available to all the Cubans, slave masters and slaves alike. Apparently, Moore did such a good job that the Castro regime has banned the film on the island for fear that the slaves might see the health care available on the island that they are not entitled to or allowed to enjoy.

Hot Air has a report on the Wikileaks document that has brought this news to light:

Great news: Cuba banned Michael Moore documentary for being too rosy about Cuban health care

No foolin’. So fulsomely slavish to the cause have our progressive icons become that their propaganda now makes even the Castros blush. Keep on rocking, “reality-based community.”

Incidentally, this story comes from a Wikileaks document. Second look at Assange?

[T]he memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so “disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room”.

Castro’s government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it “knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them.”…

The cable describes a visit made by the FSHP to the Hermanos Ameijeiras hospital in October 2007. Built in 1982, the newly renovated hospital was used in Michael Moore’s film as evidence of the high-quality of healthcare available to all Cubans.

But according to the FSHP, the only way a Cuban can get access to the hospital is through a bribe or contacts inside the hospital administration. “Cubans are reportedly very resentful that the best hospital in Havana is ‘off-limits’ to them,” the memo reveals.

It’s no secret outside Cuba that their health-care system falls very, very short of its egalitarian pretensions — just watch the Stossel clip below — but apparently the government’s media channels have kept that fact well hidden on the island. Ah well. Pity poor Michael Moore, who in another time and place and in a different political system would be a prized minister of “truth.” As it is, he has to make do with being a fabulously wealthy semi-ridiculous media curio. Life isn’t always fair, my friends.

Exit question one: If, as expected, Moore’s supporters claim this report isn’t accurate, where does that leave us vis-a-vis Wikileaks? Any second thoughts among Assange’s defenders about doing a mass document dump of cables into the news stream when not all of them might be true? Exit question two: What should Moore’s next “documentary” be about? I think I have just the topic.

Update (Ed): It’s worth pointing out that one of the people pledging money to Assange’s bail efforts was none other than Michael Moore himself.  Schadenfreude-tastic!

H/T Carlos

8 thoughts on “Sicko Banned in Cuba”

  1. This is so phenomenal I can’t stand it. I LOOOOOVE this and I shall be forwarding it to lots of people.
    Ha ha ha ha ha…..

  2. Oh dear. What a shock. So is Mr. Moore going to complain about censorship? Or is he just going to keep stuffing his butt-ugly face?

  3. I remember what Dr. Darsi Ferrer said back in July of 2007 when I was helping a producer for ABC 20/20, who was preparing a program to contradict much of what Michael Moore had portrayed on “Sicko.”
    I was on the line with the producer, who didn’t speak Spanish, and Darsi in Cuba and we were telling him what was shown on the part of the documentary that was filmed in Cuba about how wonderful health care was in the island and how, according to Michael Moore, all Cubans had access to the hospital and the medical services that his American guests received at Hospital Hermanos Ameijeiras in Havana.
    When he heard what we said, Darsi’s immediate response was: “That documentary will never be shown in Cuba.”
    The ABC producer was surprised! “Why wouldn’t it be shown if it was complementary about Cuba’s health care?”
    “Because here everyone knows that is a lie and it would be considered counter revolutionary to show regular Cubans the medical services that only foreigners can receive,” was Darsi’s response.
    And Wikileaks proves that he was right.

  4. Will Mr. Moore take his intrusive self into Castro’s home and force himself on Castro and publicize to the world how Castro doesn’t let him in as he did in his movie about the head of General Motors? Will he expose Castro’s bag of crap hanging from his body the way Moore invaded Charlton Heston’s house when Heston was already in early stage of Alzheimer? Will he do a documentary on the guns in Cuba and the shootings and the horror of the murders by crazed Cubans as he did in Columbine?
    The only place this jerk of a movie maker can do his mischief is in a free country. He is like a 14 year old saying “look what I can do; nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah nyah.”

  5. Dear Mike –

    Your communist mentors probably forgot to tell you this well known truth:

    “Communists eat their own. Always.”

    Communie rats first eat the Useful Idiotas in the media and academia. Next they eat their way up the food chain until the last rat eats the other.

    And, Mike? Please, treat yourself to some laps, or maybe split a few cords of wood? You wanna come down here, we got lotta fences to paint and palms to trim. Will show you how & provide all tools. Come on down. You’ll shed pounds real fast. Va-va-veem!

    And Mike? Please, I know it’s irresistible stuff, but try to push away those third helpings of ALPO & Ketchup? Speaking as a former Gordo, if I can lose it, you can, too.

    Maybe you can check into one of fido’s fat farms. He calls ’em ‘sugar plantations’, and you’ll be amazed how fast flab melts in the warm Cuban sun…

    Yours in good health, as ever, I remain

    Your compay,


    Paul Vincent Zecchino
    Manafatso Key, Florida
    18 December, 2010

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