Monday, November 06, 2006

This is completely unbelieveable.

New York Honors Fidel Castro With Statue. (emphasis mine)

...New York [will] honor Fidel Castro with a massive monument in Central Park to be unveiled November 8th. "The portrait celebrates Castro's humanitarianism," gushes David Kesting, the spokesman for the statue's sculptor [Daniel Edwards.] "Inspiration for the gilded head of Castro, large enough to belong to a 25 foot man, comes from Harlem's acclamation for Castro's contributions to civil rights," reads a wire story. "This may be the last opportunity to say farewell" to the man some revere as a champion of civil rights ... The Central Park unveiling of his portrait is an attempt to bring Harlem's adoration for Castro to the rest of the world."

I suppose liberal idiocy and just plain lack of common sense should never surprise me, but I was beyond shocked when I heard about this. How anyone could see Castro as anything less than a Hitler is beyond me, and to laud a dictator is just awful.

Update: Well, this is shaping up to be one of the oddest and surprising news stories I've heard all year. (There are very few story links, so I'm not sure exactly when) A radio station in Miami asked the artist for an interview and he agreed. The interview invited call-ins from people who had been personally affected by Fidel Castro, and the stories were so emotional and horrible that both Edwards and the deejays were crying on the air, and Edwards decided not to unveil his sculpture, instead to send it to Miami and burn and bury it. I found an audio transcript, but it's in Spanish. I also found a story about the interview from the radio station's website, also in Spanish. I Google-translated the page, and it's readable, though some phrases turn out really weird (oh the woes of literal translation :D)

UPDATE, 11/8: The Miami Herald article on this story.