Hollywood seen as uneducated and ideologically COMMUNIST

Fidel Castro built one of the most repressive systems in history

In Hollywood, truth means nothing and ideology is EVERYTHING. – Emil Ficker

On Thursday, Deadline announced that James Franco, of “Pineapple Express” and “This Is the End,” had been cast as Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in “Alina of Cuba,” a biopic inspired by the life of his estranged daughter, Alina Fernández.

Cuban Americans are offended that Hollywood knows NOTHING about history

During his nearly five decades of rule in Cuba, Fidel Castro built a repressive system that punished virtually all forms of dissent, a dark legacy that lives on even after his death. During Castro’s rule, thousands of Cubans were incarcerated in abysmal prisons, thousands more were harassed and intimidated, and entire generations were denied basic political freedoms. Cuba made improvements in health and education, though many of these gains were undermined by extended periods of economic hardship and by repressive policies.

“As other countries in the region turned away from authoritarian rule, only Fidel Castro’s Cuba continued to repress virtually all civil and political rights,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. “Castro’s draconian rule and the harsh punishments he meted out to dissidents kept his repressive system rooted firmly in place for decades.”

The repression was codified in law and enforced by security forces, groups of civilian sympathizers tied to the state, and a judiciary that lacked independence. Such abusive practices generated a pervasive climate of fear in Cuba, which hindered the exercise of fundamental rights, and pressured Cubans to show their allegiance to the state while discouraging criticism.

Bill Clinton is oppose to Movie glorifying Castro

As Castro tightened his grip on Cuba, large numbers of people began fleeing the island. There were firing squads and property seizures. Over the next decades, the arriving Cubans transformed Miami from a sleepy southern city into a metropolis with international interests and aspirations. The first wave of exiles were mostly from Cuba’s elite – businessmen and professionals. They came to Miami, where many began working on an urgent goal – to oust Fidel Castro and take back their homeland. This is a slap on the face of Cuban Americans.

“The best thing that Fidel Castro left us is the lesson that we don’t want any more Fidel Castros in Cuba. The lesson is that a man like that ends up absorbing the whole nation, ends up seeing himself as the embodiment of the homeland, and ends up simply taking away our nationality. The lesson of Fidel Castro is no more Fidel Castros. Some people admire him, but they admire him for what they think he was, not for who he really was. Staying in power that long is no merit.” – Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, to Reuters in May 2014.

Unless in Cuba there is democratic change, there is freedom of expression, freedom of the press allowed, political prisoners are released with a commitment to hold free and democratic elections, what is the point in making movies that glorify his murdering history?

“Fidel Castro had Americans murdered illegally, and that was wrong, too. And I’m proud that we have a blockade against people who kill innocent Americans.” – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, in 1996, after Cuba killed four U.S. citizens when it shot down two civilian planes belonging to a Cuban-American group that had agitated against the Castro government and had repeatedly flown into Cuban air space.

Why a White Actor?

On Friday, after the casting of a white U.S. actor in the role of a prominent Latin American political figure had drawn widespread condemnation online (including some very pointed criticism from actor John Leguizamo), one of the film’s producers came forth with an explanation. Never mind that Franco’s casting does nothing for Latino representation in U.S. film, which is generally atrocious. Never mind that this contributes to an ongoing erasure of Latinos in U.S. popular culture. Never mind that studios spent the months following the 2020 uprisings talking about “pipelines” and “inclusion” only to serve up Franco (who, it’s also worth noting, has faced allegations of bad behavior from multiple female colleagues and students). Never mind that Latino audiences in the U.S. are continuously subjected to terrible on-screen Spanish. Never mind the convoluted DNA-speak about “Galician heraldry.”

Is James Franco, a guy who generally has the demeanor of someone who’s been dipping into Pineapple Express, really the best guy to portray a caffeinated Cuban dictator? A leader who, regardless of what you may have thought of his politics, was a magnetic orator who holds the record for longest speech before the United Nations General Assembly between 1945 and 1976? Did some producer really watch footage of Castro’s 4½-hour marathon speech, whose transcript comes to 40 single-spaced letter-sized pages if printed, and say to themselves: what if we got that guy who could barely host an Oscars telecast?

Hispanic’s Up in Arms over Castro Movie

Latino actors including John Leguizamo are speaking out against the casting of James Franco as the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Franco is reportedly set to play Castro in the upcoming film “Alina of Cuba,” which follows the life of Alina Fernandez, Castro’s daughter.

Leguizamo took to instagram Friday, saying the role should have gone to a latino actor instead. He wrote in part quote, “How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well?” Leguizamo said he has no issue with Franco, but objects to the casting of a non-Latino for the role. Leguizamo isn’t the only Latino star angered by the casting.“Wtf is this….” wrote actress Jess Darrow, who voiced Luisa Madrigal in “Encanto,” in response to Leguizamo’s post.

“I’m sorry but what in the actual f**k?” wrote actor Raúl Castillo in an Instagram story.

Production for “Alina of Cuba” is reportedly scheduled to begin later this year.

Latino representation has long lagged in Hollywood. Despite making up 18% of the US population, only 5% of the speaking roles in 2019’s top 100 movies went to Latino actors, according to a 2020 study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Franco also faced allegations of inappropriate and sexually exploitive behavior in 2018 from five women, several of whom were his students. In 2021, in the wake of settling a class-action lawsuit, he admitted to sleeping with students from the acting school he co-owned.

“How is this still going on?” Leguizamo, who has previously been vocal about the lack of Latinx representation in Hollywood, said of the casting. “How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement, which would be wrong! I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!”

Leguizamo, a Colombian American actor who wrote and performed the Broadway production Latin History for Morons, took to Instagram on Friday to slam the decision to cast Franco.

 

Side by side images of Fidel Castro, left and James Franco, right.