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April 12, 2010

Will it never end?

Now Roots is making money selling a product associated with the murderer Che Guevara.  You, too, can own the Che Cap.  Yippee.

Who thought that this was a good idea?  I’m surprised that they don’t sell the Hamas scarf as well.  Maybe that was last season?

While we’re on the topic of Roots, you can also buy a “Stop Global Warming” bracelet.

Yes.  It is made out of leather which comes from cows which produce copious amounts of carbon dioxide AND methane.  That bracelet makes me snort every time that I’m in the Roots store.

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  1. Scott Down permalink
    April 21, 2010 2:01 pm

    Sure, but what makes Ché different than any other hero? G. Washington has schools, states, cities, monuments, mountains, frescos, stamps and dollars with his name and/or face all over them. Americans teach their schoolchildren (often incorrect to the point of fictional) stories about him, dedicating books, songs and plays to his worship.

    He killed lots of people in a revolution no more ‘necessary’ and no less bloody than the Cuban revolution. Washington was never elected, never debated, never even really intended to lead Americans…

    It’s because Washington no longer represents George Washington. He now represents a bold and free country throwing off unfair taxation from a foreign superpower. George Washington is bigger than himself – he is now synecdochical for America itself. In the same way, Ché represents ‘the other force’. The people rising up and overcoming oppression.

    It’s all bullpucky, but we need this to hold ourselves together.

    I’m with you on Ché, sure. But why just him? We’d have to throw out ninety-five percent of our heroes if we couldn’t worship murderers, criminals, or people whose stories have been drastically changed, elaborated or exaggerated.

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