Nonardo Perea

Madonna in Havana. Photo: debate.mx.com
Madonna in Havana. Photo: debate.mx.com

HAVANA TIMES — On the morning of August 16th, the Queen of Pop’s birthday, I received several calls and emails from friends confirming the fact that the star was visiting Cuba.

I quickly thought about performing for her, singing happy birthday in true Marilyn Monroe style with the same kind of dress included and a speaker outside of her hotel, but it was impossible for me to do this and it remained a frustrated wish.

When I got to the Saratoga Hotel, I found some people circling the entrance; for it to be Madonna inside, I thought there weren’t that many people, but gradually more and more people gathered together.

With a camera in my hand and happy, I thought I’d see her. Thirty minutes went by and the police were told to distance the crowd by putting up rope, according to their own words. Madonna didn’t want to come out and feel attacked (I didn’t understand, attacked by whom?), the audience began to get uneasy because when other people have stayed at this hotel, they’ve never done this, and they’ve even walked freely among the crowd that cheered them on, but OK, Madonna is Madonna and she can get away with anything, or almost anything.

In their attempt to put the crowd behind the line, some policemen pushed and there were unpleasant confrontations, people protesting police abuse, but these events didn’t escalate into anything further.

After three hours waiting outside the Saratoga, many people decided to leave and others kept on coming because they’d heard what was happening.

Five hours later, after not seeing the diva Madonna, nearly everyone was making negative remarks about her, none of those present could understand why she hadn’t even come and stood out on her balcony for a moment to say hello. Then, suddenly, a big show to trick people took place, a car pulled up and went into the hotel’s garage, so Madonna could finally walk out through the front door without being seen.

Many people said that ever since she came she was using doubles, or that she was going out wearing a black wig so that nobody could recognize her. In short, the queen made herself invisible to all the Cuban people that came wanting to see her and her game of hide and seek disappointed many of her fans who from now on won’t follow her like they used to. But for Madonna, this material girl, I’m convinced that she won’t even give a damn.

 


Nonardo Perea

Nonardo Perea: I see myself as an observant person and I like to write with sincerity what I think and live first hand. I’m shy and of few words; thus it’s difficult for me to engage in conversation. For that reason, my best tool for communicating is writing. I live in Marianao, Havana and am 40 years old.

39 thoughts on “Madonna Disappoints Her Cuban Fans

  • You are correct about the musicians – we have a friend who is a very successful one and have on occasions at his invitation sat with a circle of his fellows in the early hours, listening to their discussions as they pass around a guitar playing variations on a theme (shades of Paganini). To sit under the stars in the night sky of Cuba listening to them is a privilege – and unlike western celebrities they are just other members of the community.
    As for Gordon, he suffers from grandiose illusions, but let’s not get into the medical definition of that term.

  • There are countless celebrities in Cuba with zero connection to the Castros. Many of the hottest and most popular musicians are in fact at odds with the government.

    Gordon (God love him) lives on another planet. Giving credence to anything he posts is the definition of silliness.

  • There will fortunately always be people who will aid those who need support. Quite a lot of years ago, my daughter as a volunteer taught Vietnamese boat people English in Hong Kong, many of whom moved to Canada.
    Years later I well recall attending a BBQ in Canada held by a Vietnamese friend of my son in his garden, he was married to a caucasian and so was his brother – a policeman. I cautiously watched his mother quietly standing beside the garden gate viewing her children’s friends enjoying themselves and could almost read her thoughts. She and her husband with those two boys had risked their lives fleeing from the communists in Vietnam, and now she was able to see them as successful adults in a free society – literally a dream come true!

  • Ah! but the majority of VIPs in Cuba are the cohorts of the Castros – and love being fawned upon as demonstrated by Gordon Robinson when he writes of Machado Ventura and how fortunate his children are in being subjected to his guidance and instruction upon the benefits of power and control. Hence their reported ambition to become President and Minister of Finance.
    Glad we agree about Tefilo!

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