13 reasons you should throw away your Che Guevara T-shirt

by editor on December 7, 2010

According to the leftist mythology that’s been built up over the last 50 years Che Guevara was a brave, noble soldier who loved freedom and sacrificed his life so that others could achieve it.

Ha! Here are thirteen Che facts that the left never mentions. Thirteen things that, if they were widely known, would contribute to far fewer T-shirt sales.

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Che Guevara, vicious mass murderer and T-shirt icon

  1. Che’s famous motorcycle tour of South American is mostly myth. The motorcycle broke down early in the trek and it was completed with other means of transportation.
  2. Che was nicknamed Chancho (Pig) by his schoolmates because he rarely bathed.
  3. Soon after Batista was overthrown, Guevara had hundreds of Cuban government officials executed. Notice that the phrase “fair trial” was conspicuously absent from the previous sentence.
  4. Che was a brutal murderer. He trained and commanded firing squads that executed thousands of men, women and children deemed enemies by the new Castro regime. He once put a bullet in the head of a fellow guerrilla he suspected of disloyalty.
  5. Che was not a fan of our First Amendment. He opposed freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and protest. Can you say North Korea?
  6. All those college kids wearing their Che T-shirts might be surprised to learn that he supported the repression of rock ‘n roll in Cuba.
  7. Homosexuals did not fare well in Che’s Cuba. He mounted a campaign to have them jailed.
  8. che obama poster

    La Revolución, si! Free elections, no!

  9. See the photo to the right? It was taken in an Obama campaign office in Texas. The volunteer who put the poster on the wall might be surprised to learn that her hero opposed free elections.
  10. Che never won a Nobel Prize for Economics with good reason. Castro put him in charge of the Cuban economy, but his strident communism immediately put it on a downward economic death spiral.
  11. Che fled Cuba in the mid-1960s not to spread Communism throughout the hemisphere, but because he had so totally screwed up his private life. He was a profligate adulterer who deserted two wives, countless mistresses and numerous children.
  12. Che hoped that the Cuban missile crisis would lead to an atomic war. “What we affirm is that we must proceed along the path of liberation,” he said, “even if this costs millions of atomic victims.”
  13. Members of the Che cult claim his last words were, “I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.” However, General Ovando, Chief of the Bolivian Armed Forces, reported that Che died in battle and that his last words were considerably less noble, “I am Che Guevara and I have failed.”
  14. Another version of his final words is even more pathetic. Far from bravely facing a martyr’s death, Che’s captors reported that he begged for his life saying, “Do not shoot! I am Che Guevara and worth more to you alive than dead.”

Ironic, isn’t it, that Che’s last words were as wrong as his entire philosophy of life. As T-shirt vendors around the world have discovered, he has actually been worth far more dead than alive.

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Nelson Mandela
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“Che Guevara is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom.”

-Nelson Mandela-

Get over it you capitalist racist fascists! Che was a great, great man.

Che-slayer
Guest

Wow, another idiot who thinks that capitalist, racist and fascist are all the same thing?

Che hated “long-hairs” and hippies, “Negroes” and Mexicans.

He is mostly an icon for ignorant Americans who wear him on their t-shirt and give his name a capitalist, materialistic meaning anyways, and that’s it. He is no messiah, like you Che-loving hypocrites think.

Kip Hooker
Member

Hey Mandela, necklaced anybody lately?

danybhoy
Member

I doubt it, but the real Mandella’s great grand daughter Zenani was killed in a car wreck the day before the World Cup started this past summer.

danybhoy
Member

Again, how did I get a thumbs down for stating a fact?

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/private-funeral-for-zenani-mandela-1.487037

…what kind of asshat vote against a varifiable fact. No opinion, but a fact.

Alien
Member

perhaps 2 downvotes over a period of nearly a year constitutes statistical asshat noise?

perlcat
Member

Yeah, you know them asshats. They’re such — uhm, well, they’re such — uhm *asshats*. I guess that’s the only word for ’em.

Conservative Republican
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Conservative Republican

We “asshats” are used to getting voted down for facts. So instead of complaining we just bring up more facts. Maybe someday you’ll understand logic over emotion and speculation.

KimmyQueen
Guest

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Ruben
Member

I guess this just serves to re-enforce my low opinion of the former terrorist Mandela.

And I will reiterate: the only good Che was a dead Che.

UShouldCry
Member

Hey Ruben. Just wanted to ask if you appreciate the irony (if not the macabre distaste) of your photo? When Guevara was executed (not killed in battle as “claimed” above), without trial I might add, the shooter was told to avoid his head because they wanted to make it look like he was killed in battle.1

Ref1: Jon Anderson Lee’s (“Che: A Revolutionary Life”) – last two pages before epilogue. People here need to put their damn sources. I mean Christ have you all written papers past the 5th grade?

poppajoe49
Member

The problem is you come in here 3 years after the discussion began, and try to tell us how we went wrong. We have discussed this ad-nauseum on this and another thread, but all it seems to do is bring out the occasional idiot that wants to convince us Che was a hero. Well, let me tell you something, the only clear-thinking person who would consider Che a hero is the likes of Hugo Chavez, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, and any of the other mass murderers of the 20th century, which BTW is company Che fits in with quite nicely. Try reading the website
http://www.therealcuba.com/MurderedbyChe.htm
Then come back here and tell us how wrong we are.

UShouldCry
Member

So I tried to write you a long response to this and it accidentally got deleted. Maybe it was a divine sign I should quit this futile effort. It is absolutely clear you all don’t like hearing differing views on topics you rant about.
The gist of what I wanted to say was that there is a lot about the subject written. To read one source by a website where the creator doesn’t have any information about him/herself but a donate button is just slightly discouraging to me. Might I add if there was an undergraduate article in an engineering school newspaper with opinions on how great Che Guevara was and even all the sources listed I would avoid using that like the plague. You should too! You’re better than that!
Oh ya, and I never said and absolutely DO NOT think Che Guevara was a hero. He was a complicated, angry, sad, idealistic, and determined man, that is all. The symbol he became for better or worse is at the same time hated and loved by people who on both sides have absolutely no clue about the history of the time or the person. I had more but I’ll leave it at that. I won’t return – you can hide my posts and continue to hate a person you know nothing about and stay blissfully unaware of any nuances. I guess that is a must considering you all consider Nelson Mandela a terrorist… Over and out!
PS: You totally hurt my feelings by implying I was an idiot. In all my posts I attacked your IDEAS – not you! Lord Vader would be ashamed…

poppajoe49
Member

I didn’t say you were an idiot, but we do get lots of them here that are Che supporters, so we are a bit wary.

Where did any of us say Mandela was a terrorist? Now you’re just making shit up.

Nelson Mandela
Guest

Your gravatar is disgusting. You should be arrested for that under the hate crime law.

danybhoy
Member

Hey Nelson, your real colors are showing, & in classic leftist/progressive/marxist style. Do you really want to arrest people for speech under the so called “hate crime” laws? Do you really? Ruban’s avitar is an expression of his ideas, & is protected by the 1st Amendment. Besides, I kinda like it. It’s very artsy-fartsy in a smartass kind of way.BTW, he is right about Mandella, & Che.

KimmyQueen
Guest

Interesting…

Got one question how do you feel about Bush pictures as Hitler?

Ruben
Member

Nelson, I’m beginning to sense that your tongue is fixed firmly “in-cheek” with every post. Using absurdity to illustrate the insanity that is left-wing thinking is brilliant. It was the ‘hate crime’ post that tipped your hand. Way to go!

perlcat
Member

No, the non-adulterated pictures of che are hate crimes. Just ask the relatives of the innocent people that asshat butchered. Imagine having teenyboppers waving around photos of the man that murdered your relatives because it is “cool” and “edgy”, not having any idea whatsoever what their “hero” would do to them. Talk about your modern day horror pictures.

I suppose you feel that since their relatives opposed the great che by breathing, they deserved to die. I hear too many so called “liberals” advocating and justifying violence against conservatives in the same way. You imbeciles really need to examine your heroes more closely. They’re filthy murdering scum, and there’s nothing noble about them. If they were alive and standing next to you, you’d be getting two behind the ear because they hate you and everything you stand for.

Big Al
Member

The college crowd can throw away their Obama shirts while they are at it too.

THE FACTS2
Guest

CHE GUEVARA …

– Worked in a Leper colony and treated lepers like Jesus did

– Is prayed to as “Saint Ernesto” by the poor in Bolivia

– Was instrumental in teaching over 900,000 Cubans to read

– Tended to thousands of sick campesinos

– Helped construct dozens of schools throughout Cuba

– Removed the Mafia and dictatorship of Batista from Cuba which had killed 20,000 Cubans and tortured thousands more

– Desegregated the schools in Cuba before they were in the Southern US

– Called out South Africa’s Apartheid in 1964, 30 years before the West!

– Denounced the racism and KKK in America

– Warned of the dangers of the IMF, 3 decades before most of the developing world realized they had been scammed into debt slavery

Che-slayer
Guest

Oh? Che healed people as Jesus did?
The same Che that said he would squash Jesus if he got in Che’s way?

Interesting… Tell me more pl0x…
Not, I don’t care.

Che also didn’t denounce racism, he hated Black people, and Mexicans, and said the European was forward looking. Maybe he denounced the KKK, but that’s because they are/were democratic confederates.

Mind you, German National Socialists (Nazis, for those of you who are uneducated on terms like this) were also against the KKK.
Klansmen tried to open a chapter in Germany and it failed miserably.

danybhoy
Member

Try harder. The man was a ruthless, genocidal, piece of sh!t. No amount of revisionism can paper over that fact.

UShouldCry
Member

Try harder by listing more Objective facts about the man? You list facts that have sources (he needs them too) and then feel good about your smug comments.

Dee Mac
Member

Ahh, this takes me back to the propaganda I was forced to read while working on my Master’s degree: The Pedagogy of Che – from cover to cover a Hippy’s view of how Che taught Peace through violence and provided the children of South America with a model for future Revolution. Still leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. The above article has more true in it than that entire book.

Footnote: After I made my case for removing the book from the required reading for the class, not only was it done, but the book was taken off of the school’s approved list and professors were not allowed to use it. Guess the admin finally did a bit of reading.

THE FACTS
Guest

“I have yet to find a single credible source pointing to a case where Che executed ‘an innocent’. Those persons executed by Guevara or on his orders were condemned for the usual crimes punishable by death at times of war or in its aftermath: desertion, treason or crimes such as rape, torture or murder. I should add that my research spanned five years, and included anti-Castr­o Cubans among the Cuban-Amer­ican exile community in Miami and elsewhere.­”

— Jon Lee Anderson, author of the 800 pg ‘Che Guevara: A Revolution­ary Life’, PBS forum
http://www­.pbs.org/n­ewshour/fo­rum/novemb­er97/che1.­html

Necron_99
Member

[Sarc On] Yeah, and Hitler got a bad rap to…

– He took a nation that was demoralized and united it.
– He gave the nation a mission or focus.
– His engineers built and invented Freeways.
– The German economy boomed.
– He gave the German people back their confidence in themselves.
– He gave V2 technology which the world used to send rockets to space.
-He banned production and use of atomic weapons.
– He allowed the British to escape at Dunkirk
– He did everything possible to avoid war with Britain & France
– He didn’t use chemical weapons against the allies during D-Day invasion
– He banned production of atomic weapons
– He banned smoking on public transport
– He performed an economic miracle on Germany
– He liked his German shepherd.

“After visiting these two places (Berchtesgaden and the Eagle’s lair on Obersalzberg), you can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived. He had boundless ambitions for his country which rendered him a menace to the peace of the world, but he had a mystery about him in the way that he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him. He had in him the stuff of which legends are made.”

– John F. Kennedy

[Sarc Off]

Eduardo
Guest

The first 6 claims are partly true because the economy and industrial boom was the work of his ministers Albert Speer, in economy, and Generalfeldmarschall Erhard Milch, as state secretary of aeronautics.

Actually, Hitler’s scientists were researching frantically on atomic power and wanted to make an atomic bomb -on Hitler’s orders. One of those researchers, Dr. Richter, finally ended up selling the idea of an atomic bomb to Argentina’s Juan Perón in 1947. And that was the beggining of the Argentinean Commission on Atomic energy that today works only in peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons during D-Day because he had nothing effective as open space chemical compounds. The worse compound they had was IG Farben’s Zyklon-B gas, that wasn’t even as effective in gas chambers as plain carbon monoxide.

perlcat
Member

Let me abbreviate what I said earlier, since you’re on a cut ‘n paste tear.

You’re a tool.

UShouldCry
Member

I really don’t understand the MO of the majority of posters on here. All this poster did was quote an expert on the subject of this list, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna. For that you just go ad hominem, shut your eyelids tight, put your hands over your ears, and go “blah blah blah, I can’t hear you.”

Why? I don’t get it. Do you really just want a website where things can’t be discussed truthfully and adult arguments can’t be made? I thought this site, based on reading the FAQ page was to “point out all the bias and the blindness.” I think THE FACTS is just putting out a credible source to point out the blindness.

If I were you I would have gone to the source THE FACTS put, read it, and state your own argument against what he said with your own research. All in all, I for one think wearing a shirt of Che Guevara T-shirt, especially here in America, is idiotic based on the following:
1. He was an idealistic and radical man who absolutely saw violence as a means to an end. That is true no matter who you talk to. To live here in the US and not understand what that means and the weight that that carries when you wear that shirt is ridiculous.
2. If you support the ideas of Guevara, wearing a shirt you bought at Hot Topic would make you the biggest hypocrite in all the world.
3. Trying to make points with T-shirts is silly. Same goes for bumper stickers…

Sidekick
Member

Curious to see if you’ll expand on Point 1? What weight? Are you suggesting that the US somehow is more guilty of violence to achieve an end then say ANY other country, tribe, or individual with the possible exception of Switzerland (someone has to hold the loot)?

Personally, I try to avoid getting into moral relevancies and false equivalencies as its a very sloppy and lazy debate tactic. The difference, IMO, is the results matter far more than the intentions and the Cuban Revolution was a disaster for its people the opinions of a bunch of peasant straw men notwithstanding. Why Che’s intentions are important is a mystery except as a reference point to what a failure he was.

Saying he helped lepers or built schools is akin to saying Mussolini got the trains to run on time or Hitler built the autobahn. Stalin and Mao undoubtedly built hospitals and schools too. In fact, Moscow State University with its hideous architecture was a Stalin project as was the beautiful Metro system yet he liquidated 25 million of his own people. Defend Che? I can’t imagine why anyone other than a collectivist of one sort or another would.

UShouldCry
Member

You’re right Sidekick. Violence to achieve a noble goal can be justified (WW2 for example – Hitler needed to go). Not sure where you read I was in any way commenting about US military actions in general. What I mean was that those of us here in the US who live in a society counter-culture to Che Guevara’s ideals, who saw our government in particular as an enemy (for whatever the reason) and the largest reason for unrest in his continent, should respect that and not misrepresent the situation (which is what people do when they wear that shirt).

Also, please don’t claim that the peasants of Cuba are “straw-men.” They were and are real people and if you want to go ahead and explain to me how awesome life was for lower class citizens under Batista please do so.

Sidekick
Member

How is it now under over 50 years of Castro? Ideals. My ass! Sociopaths do not have ideals. He wanted to take over a country and work for the international workers’ revolution. Delusional Marxist that he was. Even Stalin knew that wasn’t going to ever happen hence his socialism in one country policy shift. When Cuba didn’t work out for him he shifted his attention to South America. Of course the peasants are your straw men. You claim that the Cuban peasantry embraced him and the Revolution. Maybe some true believers did but not the majority. Life is generally hard for peasants under any system. Stupid argument. No one but you is misrepresenting (or in your case white washing) the horrors and misery of collectivism. You will win no converts here. The history of collectivism works against the neo-communists from the American middle class like you. Tell me I’m wrong! Pffft, you sound like my moronic 18 year old niece with her white guilt angst. You can’t because if you could you would have actually addressed the main points of my post. You didn’t because you can’t.

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