Gael Garcia Bernal, best known for his role as a young Ernesto “Che” Guevara in “The Motorcycle Diaries,” says his latest film has taught him a great deal about the pain that Chileans suffered during a long dictatorship.
The Mexican actor stars in “No,” which revisits a publicity campaign that helped oust Gen. Augusto Pinochet from power. “This made me realize the profound pain caused by the dictatorship and it hit me hard,” he told The Associated Press. after 16 years of his brutal regime.
Needless to add, (in Bernal’s view) no pain (profound or otherwise) resulted from the Stalinist dictatorship Che Guevara and Fidel Castro established. No victims in Cuba from the cowards, frauds and murderers Bernal glorified. As we all WELL know, any mention of “feeling the pain” of Cuban families, just ain’t gonna cut in in Bernal’s circles.
And, I know, I know..I know..I know..I know..I know..I know..I know..I know..I know..I know…(Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, Bill Withers, anyone?).. .whatever–I know that if you denounce Castro it’s considered eminently respectable (indeed, almost mandatory) –for politically-correct considerations–to also denounce Pinochet. “All dictators are bad..blah…blah..blah.” It makes your denunciations of Castroism so much more “respectable” and acceptable in polite society.
But I’m not a politician or scholar, or even “respectable”…so here it is.