Friday, October 13, 2006

Great moments in journalism

Remember that huge demonstration in Caracas last week organised by the Opposition parties to support their candidate, Manuel Rosales?

Thousands turned out to call for democratic change when Venezuelans go to the polls on 3rd December.

In fact, the march received widespread media coverage across the world - except in Cuba, where the tightly controlled media more or less ignored the demonstration.

Until now.

The propaganda sheet of the Castro regime, Granma, today published a supposedly serious commentary piece (there is no other word for it) ridiculing Rosales and his supporters as “fascists” and US “stooges”. Which is as you would expect.

The article, written by someone called Felix Lopez, is also highly critical of how the “capitalist” media covered the event, claiming the numbers were inflated, people were bussed in, etc, etc.

But Lopez reserves his most venomous observations for the female demonstrators, reporting how he was overcome by “the aroma of Chanel and Givenchi” perfume while witnessing the demonstration. And how difficult it was for him to avoid the women’s “huge and provocative” silicone breast implants - “monumentales y provocativos pechos de silicona”.

I kid you not. Read it here, in Spanish.

It seems sexism is alive and well in a newspaper that calls itself “the official organ of the Cuban Communist Party”.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Esperate un momentico, el tipo se atrevio a tirar pullas por que Rosales trajo a gente en guaguas? No me jodas! Cuantas reuniones relampago nos hemos tenido que meter los cubanos cada vez que fifo se antoja de hacer una manifestacion?

5:25 am  
Blogger Luis M Garcia said...

Y seguro que las guaguas de Rosales tienen aire acondicionado!

12:48 pm  
Blogger GrammyLeaf said...

Sexism "alive and well" in the "official organ of the Communist Party" must surely be an oxymoron.

The photograph of the huge demonstration hopefully presages Rosales' crushing of his evil opponent and refutes Granma's writer.

Finished reading "Child of the Revolution" today. It is a wonderful autobiographical achievement. Brava to all of the Garcia family. The child's exquisite voice relates the life he led in Cuba in vivid detail.
The struggle to leave the Island was poignantly and dramatically portrayed. Thank you for writing this.

12:55 pm  
Blogger Luis M Garcia said...

Dear Grammyleaf,
Thank you for your very generous feedback on the book.
Best wishes.

10:27 pm  

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