12 responses to “che-che-che cheetos”

  1. stimps

    Oo, thanks, iggy! I’ve always been way more surprised when a hero turns out to be a really good person, at least in all the general ways except stealing some gum when they were 5, and kept to a sense of honour. I think getting a “Fly United” shirt is a better idea.

  2. dr_strych9

    p1. Once again: I greatly admire the your LJ iconography skills.

    p2. “I have an ASCII Che .signature, and I don’t know why.”

  3. nightynight

    I agree that Che-image-pervasion is excruciatingly annoying. But!

    He was hot and photogenic and the idiots of the world will put him on a shirt. So, I think this article subjects the phenomenon to excessive analysis and outright excludes a number of critical aspects of Cuban history that may be playing a role here, for example, the ‘special period’.

    I think there is shocking exclusion in this article of the fact that there exists a certain level of respect for Cuba and Castro in the rest of the world, right or wrong, for liberating themselves initially – and subsequently resisting – United States economic dominance and control. The cost to the people is great and that is also recognized and rejected as immoral. The entire ‘special period’ and resulting oil independence (excluding the foreign commercial interests involved) has created both propaganda opportunity for Cuba, of course, but also renewed respect from many disparate groups, for example, urban environmentalists.

    We know many Cubans want to leave and I also think Che should certainly be deconstructed as a folk hero as all leaders should be naturally subject to scrutiny. But he was one man and his actions as a man have to be analyzed in some fuller context. It excuses nothing for me, but bloody revolution and power confusion can quickly excuse, for many, blood-thirstiness.

    I don’t support executions, period, and I sure as hell don’t support them without due process – but that is happening all over the world. So I just keep coming back to this fact: Che is hot and photogenic and so he gets to be on t-shirts. He is the Justin Timberlake of revolutionaries. It’s that shallow, I think.

    Thanks for posting this! Good thought-provoking stuff.

  4. loose_joints

    Tengo una remera del Che y no sé por qué

    Very interesting article. This kind of pop-revolutionary symbolism is apparently everywhere, though I maintain that it is particularly pernicious here. Off the top of my head, if I was going to put some revolutionary dude on a t-shirt, I would pick this guy:

    title or description

    He’s not so photogenic, but I actually dig him.

    1. torgo_x


      I actually just put in an ILL request for some semi-randomly chosen books of his.

      I think I’m the just only person in town who ILLs things,
      or even knows that they can, or how.

      1. loose_joints

        Re: Votchy

        Which ones? My favorite is The Power of the Powerless.

        ILL is inter-library loan, yes?

        1. torgo_x

          Re: Votchy

          Yeah, ILL = Inter-library Loan.

          And I don’t know the titles. I mostly picked at random; and
          the system doesn’t give email confirmations or anything, so I
          guess I’ll just find out in a week or something when they
          come in. No rarities or anything.

        2. torgo_x

          Re: Votchy

          It just arrived via ILL:

          >Open Letters

          There might be more on the way– I can’t remember,

  5. jakeinhartsel

    But who has done more to destroy the United states Che or Bush?

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