Saturday, April 02, 2005

Communist Chic part deux: Evil Ways

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I've blogged before about the ignorant fashion statement that focuses on Che Guavara and other communist icons, hence the need to label this post "part deux". First it was a record label that I highly admire entering the world of communist fashion, now it's one of my all-time favorite musicians. LRC has just published an article by Humberto Fontova about Carlos Santana's unfortunate attire at the Oscars. Here's the initial portion of Fontova's message to Carlos:
Tune in to this, Carlos: in the mid 1960's Fidel and your charming t-shirt icon set up concentration camps in Cuba for, among many others, "anti-social elements" and "delinquents." Besides Bohemian (Haight-Ashbury, Greenwich Village types) and homosexuals, these camps were crammed with "roqueros," who qualified in Che and Fidel's eyes as useless "delinquents."

A "roquero" was a hapless youth who tried to listen to Yankee-Imperialist rock music in Cuba.
That's right: listening to the type of music that Carlos has made a living creating could have been a one-way ticket to hell. The evil ways of people like Che resulted in many souls being sacrificed in pursuit of the state socialist ideal.

Despite my love for Carlos and the wonderful music he's produced over the years, I'd have a tough time shelling out any dough to buy any concert tickets or albums of his in the future. Fortunately, that won't be too hard to live up to since he hasn't really released anything worth listening to since around the time I was born, back when he looked like does in the pic I've provided. What makes all this even weirder is that as his music continues to decline, becoming less artistic and more of a corporate capitalist commodity, he now feels the desire to embrace communist chic.

This loathsome fashion trend needs to reach the same fate as communism in Russia did. Se a Cabo!


Blogger Wally Conger said...

As I remark on my blog regarding "radical chic," the Che image has become more important than the man. That image is akin to the Confederate flag or a raised fist -- it's a symbol of political defiance, a revolutionary spirit. It doesn't represent, IMHO, communism, or despotic regimes.

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