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Hollywood does love terrorists

It's a fact that in Hollywood, they usually favor terrorists and criminals over their victims and their country. From bashing America and bashing the President, to siding with terrorists at Gitmo and wearing orange bracelets in "solidarity", not to mention continually bash our troops, their patriotism is definitely in question. But it's not just terrorists who hate America that Hollywood loves. Consider mass murderer Che Guevara and the hipness Hollywood has bestowed upon him. Che merchandise can be found just about everywhere, and vapid celebrities talk about him as if he were some sort of freedom-loving revolutionary.

The truth, of course, is somewhat different.

But does that matter in Hollywood? Of course not! In fact, they've made a new movie honoring Che Guevara.

"I'd like to dedicate this to the man himself, Che Guevara!" announced Benicio del Toro this May, as he received a "best actor" award for his starring role in Che, a reverent new film about the communist revolutionary. As the crowd at the Cannes Film Festival erupted in thunderous ovation, the Puerto Rico-born actor gushed that "I wouldn't be here without Che Guevara, and through all the awards the movie gets you'll have to pay your respects to the man!"

But some stubbornly refuse to pay their respects. Thus, the actor received a much cooler reception when Che, directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh, had a private screening in Miami Beach this past Thursday. Cuban-Americans, including the mayor of Miami Beach, protested the 4-and-a-half hour glorification of the man they consider a Stalinist mass-murderer.

Miami's media proved equally unwelcoming. At a press conference after the screening in Miami Beach's Byron Carlyle Theater, Marlene Gonzalez of the Spanish language America TeVe network asked del Toro about some glaring omissions in the movie. What of Che's role in ordering the executions of ordinary Cubans? And why no mention of the forced-labor camps established on the guerilla fighter's orders? A suddenly hurried Del Toro denied that Che bore any culpability for these horrors. He refused even to admit Che's bitter falling out with Fidel Castro, claiming that, to the contrary, the two always got along splendidly and that Castro was genuinely heartbroken when Che was captured and killed after fighting to his last bullet.

The contrast made for a moving scene. As protestors outside the Carlyle Theater brandished pictures of relatives murdered by Che Guevara, del Toro paid tribute to their murderer. Questions about Che's brutalities - meticulously recorded in books like Exposing the Real Che Guevara - he brushed aside as the embittered fabrications of Cuban exiles.

... The Cuban Film Institute is an arm of Stalinist Cuba's propaganda ministry. On December 7, Castro's own press ministry announced that "Actor Benicio del Toro presented the film (at Havana's Karl Marx Theater) as he thanked the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) for its assistance during the shooting of the film, which was the result of a seven-year research work in Cuba."

That del Toro considers the Cuban regime a reliable source for the film is telling. Consider that the Castro government has jailed more political prisoners as a percentage of population than Stalin's and executed more people (out of a population of 6.4 million) in its first three years in power than Hitler's executed (out of a population of 70 million) in it's first six. These figures come from the human rights group Freedom House and from the Black Book of Communism, authored by French scholars and translated into English by Harvard University Press, not exactly headquarters for the vast-right wing conspiracy.

Yet celebrities will always be the first ones to screech "CENSORSHIP!" if someone so much as dares to disagree with their opinion or say that something is too violent or sexual. See, in Hollywood, they take that whole freedom thing (that the troops they hold in such disdain fight for) for granted. They either don't understand or don't care that in many places, that freedom is denied to many people, and oftentimes, it's denied by people that celebrities worship -- at the same time they're enjoying freedom.

Sad, isn't it? Sometimes, I wish this kind of willful stupidity could be painful.

Hat Tip: Moonbattery


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It can be painful and it's ... (Below threshold)
Sophie:

It can be painful and it's simple: Quit patronizing the entertainment industry. My husband and I have become very discriminating in our choice of movies and music in the last few years.

Get yourself one of <a href... (Below threshold)

Get yourself one of these anti-Che shirts. Every time I wear mine, my wife is afraid I am going to get in a fight, but I've had nothing but favorable comments from people. Many ask where I got it so they can get one.

I think most of the people wearing the "Che chic" gear, especially the college kids, are too ignorant of the real Che to take offense at the shirt. It's probably the first time they've been told he was a commie.

It's a fact that ... (Below threshold)
jmc:
It's a fact that in Hollywood, they usually favor terrorists and criminals over their victims and their country.

That is so funny it's not worth responding to.

From bashing America and bashing the President, to siding with terrorists at Gitmo and wearing orange bracelets in "solidarity", not to mention continually bash our troops, their patriotism is definitely in question.

Bashing our president? You mean like calling Jimmy Carter "peanut" or refering to President Clinton as "Blow Job Clinton" Nope never get anyone so unpatriotic as to bash the president on the right. As long as it is a republican president of course.

As for Gitmo, nothing is more unpatriotic than respecting our two century ban on torture started by George Washington, that commie revolutionary. or requesting as a nation of laws we have trials for criminals. All of that is sooo un-American.

What is American, is taking the techniques used by the Chinese in the Korean war to get false confessions out of American POWs and applying them to get information we think is accurate from prisoners on the battlefield in the war on terror. Not just American but really smart too.

But it's not just terrorists who hate America that Hollywood loves. Consider mass murderer Che Guevara and the hipness Hollywood has bestowed upon him. Che merchandise can be found just about everywhere, and vapid celebrities talk about him as if he were some sort of freedom-loving revolutionary.

Perhaps you could back that up with a few quotes by someone other than the actor hired to portray him? why not tell me about all the Che parties that happen weekly in Hollywood, or how every time someone interviews Tim Robbins all he talks about is Che?

The truth, of course, is somewhat different.

Perhaps you should include a little truth.


But does that matter in Hollywood? Of course not! In fact, they've made a new movie honoring Che Guevara.

Oh no! They did a movie honoring Ghandi too. Bastards.


Miami's media proved equally unwelcoming. At a press conference after the screening in Miami Beach's Byron Carlyle Theater, Marlene Gonzalez of the Spanish language America TeVe network asked del Toro about some glaring omissions in the movie.

Nothing wrong with that. A good journalist should play devil's advocate and ask those kind of questions.

Yet celebrities will always be the first ones to screech "CENSORSHIP!" if someone so much as dares to disagree with their opinion or say that something is too violent or sexual.

Censorship!! Just kidding. Well you seem to be disagreeing with their opinion perhaps you can point out an example of them crying censorship... If you can't do that(and I'm sure you can't) perhaps you can provide an example of someone in hollywood crying censorship when someone disagrees or dislikes their movie... Usually I see people cry censorship when somone is trying to stop a movie from being played, you know doing censorship.

See, in Hollywood, they take that whole freedom thing (that the troops they hold in such disdain fight for) for granted. They either don't understand or don't care that in many places, that freedom is denied to many people, and oftentimes, it's denied by people that celebrities worship -- at the same time they're enjoying freedom.

That would be an unbacked claim, like most of your claims that I have seen. Perhaps, you won't comprehend this, but it is possible to be against the actions of a president or congress and still honor our troops. It is simple see, works like this:

1) the troops are sent into battle by elected officials. let's assume I, or a snotty liberal elite disagres with this action. So I become very mad at the President and congress.

2 Elected officials are not the troops.

See? disagreeing, with no troops slandered or dishonored.

Sad, isn't it? Sometimes, I wish this kind of willful stupidity could be painful

Tell me about it.

When I think of Che, I remi... (Below threshold)
Herman:

When I think of Che, I remind myself of his saying: "A true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love." (Which I always thought should have been "A true revolutionary is guided by feelings of great love," but perhaps it doesn't matter much).

Hollywood...made up of very... (Below threshold)
mag:

Hollywood...made up of very strange people...outrageous egos, but at the same time unbelievable fragile feelings if they get negative reviews of their acting or if they are out of the limelight for a spell. I would not give you 2 cents for the majority of them. I guess that's why they are always looking for some cause or disease to champion...to feel important. Nowhere in hell do they deserve millions they get for pictures that usually suck.

Hollywood is full of the wo... (Below threshold)

Hollywood is full of the worst kind of idiots.
http://rightklik.blogspot.com/

Deuce, Already got the shir... (Below threshold)
Chad:

Deuce, Already got the shirt. JMC, little bone to pick. US law in regards to trials and pows applies only to US citizens, and declared combatants by international law. Same reason blackwater guys aren't being prosecuted by Iraq, but instead by Americans. Nobody wanted these guys. We certainly couldn't just hand them over to countries that didn't want them back, especially as they were caught in violation of international rules of war. The idea that these people should be treated as U.S. Citizens, and that they have rights as U.S. Citizens is fallacious. When/if we catch international criminals, we turn them over for extradition to their country of origin, if that country wants them back. Military prisoners in time of war have a different standing, especially as these are illegal combatants (see Geneva and Hague conventions), and no international treaty or governing body applies to them. By holding them, providing them meals, prayer mats, and many comforts they would never have in their home countries, we are doing the only thing we can in good conscience do. The other options are to turn them loose, where they will continue to carry out illegal activities (probably dying prematurely because of said activities), or abandon them and stop providing them with services (which will keep them from dying of high velocity particulate poisoning). Either way is not nearly as humane as the treatment they are getting. As to Che Guevara and his celebrity status, I don't get it. Why celebrate a murderous stalinist when we have Brad Kasal, Rafael Peralta, Israel Del Toro, The Harisses (father and son), Nick Popaditch, Ross McGinnis, The SFers from Operation Kaika, Mike Monsoor, Michael P. Murphy, Paul R. Smith, and Woodrow W. Keeble? If you don't know any of the names I just gave you, spend some time with google. I know who I talk about when I want give my 3 and 8 year old boys somebody to look up to. It isn't George Clooney, Brad Pitt, or Benicio Del Toro. It sure as Hell will never be Che Guevara.

Good advice mentioned previ... (Below threshold)
syn:

Good advice mentioned previously, if you continue to buy Hollywood's crap they will continue making it.

The next time you want to sit in a movie theater or in front of the TV ask yourself is this entertainment really worth the misery produced?

And, how come the media is focused on CEO's making $10-20 million in bonuses YET never seem to mention that Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and so many others earn that same amount PER MOVIE?????

Entertainment, the uselful idiot's opiate for the masses.

It's funny how jmc's commen... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

It's funny how jmc's comment has all these negative votes. He blasted the whole article to smithereens, piece by piece, with cool logic, and that's the thanks he gets!
What jmc might not get is that these assumptions -- Hollywood loves terrorists, liberals hate the troops, etc.-- are ARTICLES OF FAITH, not something that can ever be backed up. How do conservatives know that "Hollywood loves terrorists"? Why, Talk Radio told them so!
Oh and syn? Hanks, Spielberg, Howard, et al make a lot of money per movie because their films are SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS ENDEAVORS. The media is NOT focused on CEOs making big bonuses if their companies are doing well. It's the golden parachutes for execs at FAILING companies that spark outrage, especially if they're asking for corporate welfare.

Yet celebrities will alw... (Below threshold)
MyPetGloat:

Yet celebrities will always be the first ones to screech "CENSORSHIP!" if someone so much as dares to disagree with their opinion or say that something is too violent or sexual.

That must explain why An American Carol sucked its way out of the box office at a 13 million dollar loss.

That may be, my pet goat, b... (Below threshold)
Chad:

That may be, my pet goat, but Fireproof did well. People need to leave politics out of movies and go back to making entertainment. People relate to stories, not politics. Once again, why worship Che when we have real american heroes out there who's stories are ignored by the media and hollywood?

Ignored. You mean like John... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Ignored. You mean like John Adams? Oh, no, wait, those pinko troop-haters at HBO did a multi-part series on him.
Or, the 9/11 NY firefighters? Oh, no, wait, that commie liberal Oliver Stone made "World Trade Center" honoring those guys.
Or George Patton? Nah, the pointy-headed liberal elite did a movie on him 30 years ago that's considered an American classic.
Sheeesh. Enough with the victim act already.

Was Che Guevara the one who... (Below threshold)
Ernestito:

Was Che Guevara the one who dropped an atomic bomb in Japan (killing thousands of innocent civilians), who burned whole villages in Vitnam, who brutally suppresed African Americans even after a supposed glorious revolution, who invaded 34 four times Latin America, who overthrew democratically elected governments such as Allende in Chile and Arbenz in Guatemala, who invaded illegaly the Middle East, who founded the "Schools of Americas," who provided military and economic aid to brutal military dictatorships like Videla and Pinochet, who invaded (Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Chile, Santo Domingo, Granada, Panama,etc) who supports the brutal state of Israel, etc etc etc.

Sometimes it surprises me that level of ignorance of some pseudo-americans. But I still think that the American people will one day wake up and stand up against the atrocities the their government has committed throughout the world. Che Guevara is certainly not a terrorist, but a true revolutionary. Che Guevara did not write about human equality while he owned slaves (like Thomas Jefferson). CHe is a true revolutionary.




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