From Cuba: “Fuck You Robert de Niro”

By Repatriado

Miguel Diaz Canel and his wife with Robert de Niro. Photo:

HAVANA TIMES – During his visit to New York, Mr. Diaz-Canel (Raul Castro’s puppet, according to many) was lavished with attention at a meeting with important figures of US culture at the sadly famous Dakota building.

Among the figures who honored Mr. Diaz-Canel so enthusiastically, Hollywood icons such as Bennett Miller, Katie Holmes, Dakota Johnson and celebrities such as Chris Martin from Coldplay, Patty Smith, rappers Nas and Q-Tip or Jon Baptiste stood out.

But because everything goes in the world of the most uncritical lefties, the extremely communist Diaz-Canel also happily rubbed shoulders with bourgeois millionaires such as the fun founder of Studio 54 Ian Schrager, Juliana Hatkoff, the Niedichs and of course Carole and Alex Rosenberg, proud art collectors and founders of New York’s Havana Film Festival, an event known for censoring movies that make the Cuban government uneasy.

However, among so much fame, money and talent, the great Robert de Niro especially stood out, leading that enthusiastic group.

Even though being a great actor doesn’t make his opinion any more or less respectable than any fine gardener’s, the fact that he is an extremely public figure means that this display of affection towards the Cuban leader becomes support for what the latter represents.

This strange situation, where one person who is famous for being a liberal (in the US sense of the word) and a social activist chooses to show public support for a shady figure who represents the oldest western dictatorship, deserves a moment of reflection.

Robert de Niro is a millionaire; does he not think it’s contradictory of him to receive the representative of a government that doesn’t recognize entrepreneurial freedom?

Robert de Niro expresses his political opinions in public, does he not think it’s contradictory of him to receive the representative of a government that gags freedom of speech?

Robert de Niro can travel whenever he wishes, does he not think it’s contradictory of him to receive the representative of a government that limits its citizens’ freedom of movement both nationally and internationally?

Robert de Niro is free to act in movies such as Wag the Dog, does he not think it’s contradictory of him to receive the representative of a government that censors art?

Robert de Niro can meet with whomever he wishes, does he not think it’s contradictory of him to receive the representative of a government that limits freedom of association with an iron fist?

Is this the government that Robert de Niro and his millionaire friends would like to live under? Is this the government they want for the United States? If that’s the case, they could move to Cuba. If it isn’t, why the hell are they receiving the representative of this government with honors and publicly legitimizing his power?

Do Robert de Niro and his friends know what would happen to any Cuban (famous or not) who decided to receive the US president or speak badly about the Cuban government in public? They should know. Don’t they care? What’s their excuse?

I understand, and I share the hate, yes hate, that Robert de Niro has for Trump, but please understand that this figure who puts the world to shame was elected by his fellow countrymen and he will soon disappear from history. Do Robert de Niro and friends know who elected Diaz-Canel and that the Cuban people have no say about how long his term in office will be? Don’t they care?

I will take Robert de Niro’s wise words, which he addressed to Trump at the Tony Awards, as my own now and say, Fuck You Robert!

20 thoughts on “From Cuba: “Fuck You Robert de Niro”

  • October 9, 2018 at 7:50 am

    It’s very interesting to learn about Cuba from the people who actually experience the culture and it is easier to rely on and understand conversations like yours than to trust the media’s perspectives. This is one of the best purposes the internet has provided.
    I’m an average lower middle-class European-descent New Jersey working mom in her 40s who is always trying to make better sense of this world. I’m becoming much more aware to the history and depths of systematic exploitation regarding many Latino and native settlements here in our West hemisphere.
    My question is this, “Is it possible Deniro met with Diaz-Canel to personally feel him out and try to get him to recognize the stuff that is going very wrong, hoping that even the tiniest bit of influence to help the people of Cuba is worthwhile?”
    My gut feels Deniro is a bit douche-y, but really i don’t know enough about him to trust my own instincts. I’m not sure one way or the other.

  • October 9, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Interesting comment about money spent in Cuba being sent abroad–is that what you meant? Most of us who travel to Cuba assume that in some situations, the money we spend is in fact staying in the hands of the people where we spend it. This is one of the most complicated things about being a visitor to Cuba. I know that in many cases even ‘privately’ owned businesses are not keeping most of the money we spend, but it would be interesting to hear some specifics about which transactions of money allow for the most money to stay in the hands of people. In Havana, taxi drivers, casas particulares, small restaurants, street vendors–and in places like Vinales, or Trinidad, for example, where many tourists visit, if it’s any different there. Thanks

  • October 8, 2018 at 6:41 am

    My travel party is full this year. I will do my BEST to bring him with me next year as a regular tourist.

  • October 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Nick, yes posada was very probably a CIA agent, are you sure he was not also a Cuban agent? Any American interested in knowing about Posada has access to tons of information about it, including Cuban information and American information.

    Again, American governments has done terrible things and they have no moral in the international politics, do you thing Cuban government is any batter? A little bit better? The only difference is that American people has a chance, little but real, to do something about it, Cuban people has none, American people have some basic freedoms that theirs governors haven’t take away yet, Cuban people has only the freedoms that our governors decide to allow depending in how convenient is that for them. And the most important: Cuban government defend a system that they know do not works, do not generate riches, do not generate technologies, do not generate science and that do not generate art, a system that Cuban governors only do not exercise to its last consequence because the rest of the world is watching, Nick, can you imagine a communist world? You don’t have to imagine too much, go and read 1984 again.

  • October 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Nan nan black, don´t you see a huge difference between supporting the Cuban people in the way you describe and supporting Cuban dictator in the way Robert de Niro did? If one day Robert come to Cuba with the declared intention of supporting Cuban people, or at least just for his personal interest of visiting my country without and political background, I will be the first that will run to shake his hand.

    By the way, can you let me know how can you spend money in Cuba and do not support Cuban government at the same time? Do yo pay directly in dollars to a person that directly send those dollars abroad?

    Anyway, please continues coming, your absence or all American tourist absence won’t accelerate the government´s end, and for sure you are helping many people directly, me included.

  • October 6, 2018 at 10:29 am

    It’s no joke Repatriado.
    Today is the anniversary of Flight 455.
    Perhaps Bobby de N did not mention this to the Cuban President. But maybe he did.
    There are two things I would like to point out: Firstly, it would be curious to learn what percentage of the U.S. population have even heard of this terrorist atrocity of exactly 42 years ago. And what percentage would be aware that the USA allowed the CIA-trained terrorist responsible for this atrocity to live out his years under their protection and as the ‘dirty little hero of Miami’ ??

    The second thing would be to totally agree with Nan ‘Nan’ Black’s comment below.

    People from different countries (with different systems and different problems) should meet up, intermingle, get to know each other and maybe even agree on some stuff.
    This can only be a good thing.

  • October 6, 2018 at 4:51 am

    A lot of Americans are sympathetic towards the Cuban people. Many of us travel to Cuba for that reason. We spend money where we can to support Cubans when traveling to Cuba. Does this mean we should all f— off?

  • October 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Watch your language. Is it really necessary to use words like “F___”? You are so capitalist minded.

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