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December 15, 2006

Target Resorts to Radical Chic

Target made the news a couple years ago by banning Salvation Army bell-ringers. This year the giant retailer is back with another outrage: marketing Che Guevara CD cases.

As asks:

What next? Hitler backpacks? Pol Pot cookware?

It's true that Che is très chic among moneyed moonbats like actresses Jennifer Connelly and Kate Hudson, who have been known to dress their babies in little Che shirts. It's true that the New York Public Library has sold Che Guevara watches, and that you can even buy Hillary Guevara underpants. It's even true that Guevara has been portrayed by particularly dim-witted intellectuals as a hero.

But it's also true that in the annals of recent history, there are few monsters more psychopathic than Fidel Castro's chief executioner. He set up Castro's gulag system, signed at least 600 death warrants, was responsible for at least 2,000 deaths, and performed many executions personally using a handgun at point-blank range on helpless prisoners who included children.

An excellent piece by Humberto Fontova describes a few of Guevara's crimes, and provides quotes from this moonbat icon that offer insight into his mentality — and that of his fans.

Succinctly summing up communism, here's what Che had to say about blowing out some poor guy's brains at close range:

He went into convulsions for a while and was finally still. Now his belongings were mine.

Here's the wise Che's take on justice:

We don't need proof to execute a man. We only need proof that it's necessary to execute him. A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.

But even if Guevara was as evil a man as ever lived, so long as he represents hipness to ignorant morons, he can help Target sell their CD cases.

Ironically, Guevara was fond of personally executing children.

On a tip from V the K.

Posted by Van Helsing at December 15, 2006 3:04 PM


I haven't shopped at Target since they kicked the Salvation Army out.

Posted by: Steve at December 15, 2006 5:31 PM

Thanks for the tip. I also haven't shopped at Target since the Salvation Army deal.

Thirty years ago, Chile and Cuba were ruled by dictators. Chile was ruled by a right-wing dictator, Cuba by a left-wing dictator.

Now, thirty years later, Pinochet is gone, and the Chilean people enjoy democracy and the highest standard of living in Latin America. Cuba is still an impoverished hell-hole, ruled by a brutal tyrant.

Posted by: V the K at December 15, 2006 5:44 PM

How revolting; I will not be giving another dime to that store. Americans should demonstrate at the front door of the stores nationwide. Guevara was an anti-American/anti-capitalist/Marxist creep; isn't it ironic that he is being sold through capitalism?

Posted by: Chris at December 15, 2006 7:28 PM

tie dye burkhas?

Posted by: nanc at December 15, 2006 8:24 PM

i have never shopped at target!

Posted by: nanc at December 15, 2006 8:25 PM

I have not shopped at Target for over ten years.

Companies should avoid making statements about social and political controversies and focus on making money.

As Michael Jordan once said after being asked to become more involved and speaking for the democrat party; "You know Republicans buy sneakers also."

Posted by: Eneils Bailey at December 16, 2006 5:41 AM

Target has a history of this. They also refuse to help the Marines toys-for-tots program.

Posted by: MB at December 16, 2006 7:42 AM

Why isn't Wake Up Fools telling us how evil and ignorant we are for objecting to Che merchandise being sold at Target?

How would Che feel about a huge capitalist corporation making money off his image?

Posted by: Metalgarth at December 16, 2006 8:55 AM

Nothing teaches children how to be homicidal killers than Che t-shirts, Che in the classroom, and Che sleepwear. What next? Che Saturday morning cartoon? Gyah, probably be another Captain Planet.

Be amusing to ask a mother who puts such a t-shirt on her child this question, "Che Gueverra personally shot children as small as your tyke." She would probably go "Who is Che?" Then point to the t-shirt and say "That guy in the beret is Che." Then watch how fast she strips the shirt off. If a loon though she will probably argue about Che being a liberator at which point it is useless to argue unless you have brought documentation of Che's bloody crimes.

Metalgarth, that is the amusing thing about the Che photo. Every item that bears that image pays a royalty to Che's family. So the great revolutionary who fought to overthrow capitalism is enriching his family via capitalism. Hopefully he is doing about 10,000 Revolutions Per Minute in his grave over this.

Posted by: Anna at December 16, 2006 10:51 AM

While the public and the media have little doubt what a swastika earring or hammer and sickle broach represent, the collective ignorance regarding Che Guevera is astounding. If Target decides to feature other murdering sociopaths on their items we probably need to brace ourselves for clothing and goods featuring the images of Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Charles Manson and maybe OJ Simpson too. Che Guevera is well above them in kills, but they proved themselves every bit as viscous. Has the management of Target decided that featuring iconic murderers is now culturally acceptable in America? Or maybe only Marxist ones? Looking at some college demonstrations and those in San Francisco you realize fast that a lot of people think this butcher is a cool dude. Its appalling isn't it?

I for one won’t be at Target any time soon. While I have long argued a merchant has every right to make business decisions for themselves, I have a right that is more important to Target. I vote with where I spend my dollars. And Target just lost my vote so long as it continues to exhibit such gross stupidity and ignorance of history.

Posted by: NOTR at December 20, 2006 9:21 PM