Grammy Winner (for “Best Song”) Bonnie Raitt performed in Havana’s Karl Marx Theatre exclusively for Communist Party officials and composed a song in Fidel Castro’s Honor titled “Cuba is Way TOO COOL!” (more sickening details here:)

With Woody Harrelson gyrating drunkenly beside her, the rapidly oxidizing chanteuse, she of the big red hair and the famous gray roots, rasped out her ditty at Havana’s Karl Marx theater during a Castroite propaganda ploy called “Music Bridges Over Troubled Waters” back in March of ’99.

“Rock Against Freedom” sounds much better to me. A beaming, waving Jimmy Buffett came on after Bonnie. Then came Joane Osborne. R.E.M’s. Peter Buck , former Police-men Andy Summers and Stuart Copeland all made the groovy scene and took the stage in turn. In between crooning and strumming, these cheeky free-spirits all dutifully recited their scripts against the “embargo.” (How did Jackson Browne miss this?)

Against South Africa a decade earlier, of course, their script called FOR an embargo.

A crowd of 5000 Cubans huddled before them, swaying and clapping. Most were Cuban Communist Party members and their families. Let’s step back and contemplate the scene: here’s these troubadours for human rights, here’s the same smarmy gang who boycotted South Africa (“I Ain’t Gonna Play Sun City!” thunders Bonnie Raitt herself alongside Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Darryl Hall and scores of similar political imbeciles on the 1985 recording titled, “Artists United Against Apartheid.”)

But she’ll GLADLY play in Havana’s Karl Marx theater and bask in the applause of an audience pledging proud fealty to the most murderous ideology in human history. Indeed she’ll happily compose a song in their honor–and all on the house! (More here.)

Jimmy Buffett also made the scene at Music Bridges in March of 1999, above he seems honored to meet Fidel Castro.
Woody Harrelson also made the pilgrimage to Stalinist Cuba, and was so overcome in Fidel Castro’s presence that he outdid Jimmy Buffett by lovingly hugging Fidel Castro.

Le ZZZUMBA!

3 thoughts on “Grammy Winner (for “Best Song”) Bonnie Raitt performed in Havana’s Karl Marx Theatre exclusively for Communist Party officials and composed a song in Fidel Castro’s Honor titled “Cuba is Way TOO COOL!” (more sickening details here:)”

  1. Well, flagrant hypocrisy happens, especially when it’s been “normalized” and “cool.” Shit also happens–a lot.

  2. The entire Grammy show was depraved, hideous and proof that our culture is on a downhill slide. The outfits worn were hideous in the extreme and unbecoming for civilized human beings. The music was unfailingly noise and deliberately ugly. Normalcy was considered out of the mainstream and every perversion was celebrated.

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