The Ugly American vs. the Ugly Cuban

Lynn Cruz

HAVANA TIMES – Why do sensitive and astute people in the US hate Donald Trump? Well, because Trump represents what is known as the “ugly American”.

A money-grabber, who flaunts his cash, is vulgar, superficial, narcissistic, nationalistic, the kind of human who thinks they are always right and that their country is the center of the world. Trump is not alone in power, of course. There is a group of advisors in the White House who are accompanying him on this sensationalist trip that is his presidency.

He has the media under control, there was a reason he “warned his people, telling them not to believe the press.” Cubans living under a totalitarian regime for 60 years know full well what this message implies, Trump is covering up his hidden desire that the US people only believe him and nobody else. He knows that most media outlets are biased and answer to their donors or sponsors. With this reality in mind, he waters the seed of doubt so he can dress up his unpopular measures and continue onwards to totally dominating the US people.

Due to the political landscape with superpowers China and Russia, I believe that people in the White House are trying to extend Donald Trump’s presidency as long as possible. It seems that they are suspicious of the Xi Jinping and Putin systems of government. If you want to defeat your enemy, sing his song. If I remember correctly, this phrase comes from Asian wisdom. Trump has become the perfect candidate.

His political slogan: Make America Great Again, is the tacit example of his totalitarian ambitions.  And, he is appropriating the wish of the masses. That’s what his politics is based on.

“The Threepenny Opera”, by Bertold Brecht, analyzes how imperialism isn’t generous even with its own people. During my first trip to the US, I remember the shock I had when I saw many people aged 60 and over working in the airport. All those hours standing up, flight delays which extend their working day, were some of the things I started wondering about. Maybe I had time to think about these small details, which I say an awful lot, because I missed my flight for Los Angeles and I spent the night in the airport.

In Cuba, totalitarianism walked right through the front door. The horror took place at the same time as popular fiestas. Firing squads, unjust prison sentences.

The best way to describe what an “ugly Cuban” is, is to talk about music. Rappers Maykel Osorbo and Pupito are serving unfair sentences because they stood up against Decree-Law 349. This law wants to transform independent art into a crime. Rap songs are almost always anti-establishment, critical, and they survive in the fringes of society as a result. As Maykel and Pupito had trascended the critique of their songs and shouted out: “Down with Decree-Law 349”, during a concert in an alternative space (but still belonging to the government), the Cuban government intervened and arbitrarily sentenced them to prison.

However, most reggaeton singers are the greatest exponents of vulgar behavior, cynicism, tackiness, promoting a society of consumption, and they are irresponsible when faced with the repression their colleagues and most Cubans suffer.

I haven’t seen any of them demand the freedom of Maykel or Pupito. As they don’t criticize those in power, they are the new model of success within Cuban society. Frivolity and disregard are highlighted in their music videos. Brandishing the flag of sexism and machismo, both of which are personality traits of this kind of ugly. Excess, poor taste and double standards make them jump out of the crowd.

The warning in this case is about where Cuban society is heading, bearing in mind the fact that they also represent the population’s new hidden desires, within a society that is beginning to leave totalitarianism behind, and according to what comes from the world’s great superpowers, is it playing into another one that leaves human development out of the equation?

 

Lynn Cruz

It's not art that imitates life, its life that imitates art," said Oscar Wilde. And art always goes a step further. I am an actress and writer. For me, art, especially writing, is a way of exorcising demons. It is something intimate. However, I decided to write journalism because I realized that I did not exist. In Cuba, only the people authorized by the government have the right to express themselves publicly. Havana Times is an example of coexistence within a democracy and since I consider myself a democrat, my dream is to integrate this publication’s philosophy into the reality of my country.

20 thoughts on “The Ugly American vs. the Ugly Cuban

  • A quienes te refieres a ustedes los socialistas! Tuvieron 8 anos de pachang a con el traidor Obama. Y llevan mas de tres protestando por todo. Esta vez la nacion Americana ha despertado!

  • Did Donald J. Trump promise to make the US debt the highest in history? He has succeeded!
    Donald J. Trump did promise to build a wall and that “Mexico will pay for it, I promise you.” He failed!
    Did Donald J. Trump promise to introduce a better medical system? He failed!
    Donald J. Trump suggested that he would make the US more respected around the world – exactly where has that occurred – please list?
    The much spouted superlatives exist solely in his own mind – but the constant lies speak for themselves. The idiotic chants of “Lock her up.” and “Send her back.” reflect the deterioration of moral standards in the US promoted by Mr. Trump.
    If Mr. Trump’s immigrant grandfather had been alive today, would he have been deported for his illegal “business” activities which formed the basis of the family fortunes? As the third Mrs. Trump is an immigrant, should Mr. Trump send her back to where she came from, for that would allow him to re-pursue his numerous paramours and “pussy” groping.
    The public acceptance of Mr. Trump’s lies and behaviour does not speak well for the future of the US.
    Note that I have been described by others in these pages as a right wing capitalist and strongly anti-socialist!
    Trump’s enthusiasm for totalitarian dictators and overt racism reflects fascistic thinking. I suggest to my American friends, beware!

  • About the old people working at the airport, they are there by choice they can leave anytime they want and find another job. job opportunities are more abundant than workers in America. I recently went for lunch at the restaurant Chorrera in Vedado, they had no beer, no soft drinks, and no food, but they did have a bartender and 4 waitstaff. Why were they even there? It’s their job.

  • You nailed the ugly American in one sentence, yes he appropriated the wishes of the American people, that’s why we elected him. And he is doing what he promised to do in his campaign. What a concept, Huh?

  • Things are much worse in Cuba than in the U.S. the bottom job In Mexico pays $5. Per day in the U.S $50 per day. In Mexico a girl can take a man back to room nothing will happen to her by the police. Most items are less than half the price in the U.S as Cuba except medical care and drugs. I can buy a large hot dog and pop for $1.5 U.s at Costco. One years wages will buy a new car or bottom new minivan in Canada We have free shelter and free meals soap and toothpaste for the bottom part of working poor or disabled. Mexico is not safe today as gangs shoot people but more people are hungry in Cuba than in Mexico. Cuba is more expensive for tourists but safer than Mexico.

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