Saturday, September 25

Hasta Siempre? No More

When I was a boy I did indeed do as so many others have done, and had the obligatory 'rebellious' Che Guevara poster on my bedroom wall. "Hasta la Siempre Victoria!" - that was the tag; I think I bought mine in Madrid. It made a kind of backwards sense then: now, now I know a whole lot more about him, and as far as I'm concerned his whole world view was, and, as it appears to live, is simply backwards. My poster? Ripped apart and binned.

The link is to a righteous dismissal of the new movie The Motorcycle Diaries, a hagiography perpetrating the delusional myth of Che. It's the myth embodied in this song. Things like this film ensure that it lives on, in the West, and in the East.

There are grown men and women on the streets of London - and New York - that I have seen wearing Che images on T shirts in the past year. A part of me laughs, and shakes my head; and another part of me thinks and wonders if the next generation - the sons and daughters of these people - will be wearing Osama bin Laden transfers or embossments on their T shirts.

In a way, I hope they are. For every age must have its rebellion, it's fuck you to their parents. And to my reasoning bin Laden's iconic image on T shirts means that his legacy shall be akin to that of Che ie a delusional, demotic fantasist for ideologues, an if only candidate for if only people; and not that of, say, Adolf Hitler. The likes of Gap would never contemplate flogging merchandise with the latter's visage on them. In other words, the history books shall be free of such a horror as the bin Laden years.

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posted by DD @ 20:33 

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