Ernesto “Che” Guevara continues to be a hot property in Hollywood, despite the fact that good, old Ernesto would have put most of his Hollywood fans up against a wall to be shot. Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady points out the real heroics that Hollywood misses in its fawning over Che. That would be the story of those who still yearn for freedom in the insufferable “worker’s paradise” Che helped create.
The miserable Argentine was killed in 1967 in the Bolivian Andes while trying to spread revolution in South America. But his vision of how to govern lives on in the Cuba of today. It is a slave plantation, where a handful of wealthy white men impose their “morality” on the masses, most of whom are black and who suffer unspeakable privation with zero civil liberties.
There is something rich about the supposedly hip, countercultural Hollywood elite making common cause with Cuba’s privileged establishment in 2008. Its victims — artists, musicians, human-rights activists, journalists, bloggers, writers, poets and others deprived of freedom of conscience — would seem to deserve solidarity from their brethren living in freedom. Instead, the ever-so avant-garde Soderberghs side with the politburo.
The Cuban regime loves its apologists. They give cover and deflect international criticism while at home the regime brutalizes its people. Reports from the island are that since Raúl took over from Fidel in 2006, the repression has gotten worse.
How about a Hollywood film about the Women (or Ladies) in White, those women who protest regularly about the incarceration of their husbands by the Cuban regime – for daring to speak out against the regime? Those women who are roughed up by government toughs. (Pretty blatant when even The Independent notices.)
The left idolizes Che despite his murderous history. This should make you think hard about what else Hollywood peddles.