Anthony Bourdain thinks he’s oh-so-much-better than everybody else. He’s your typical progressive snob, and he has a crummy TV show about food and travel. He had plenty of scorn to heap upon Paula Deen who admitted to and apologized for having used the N word a few decades ago. Well, if he’s so concerned about the plight of blacks, he ought to be apologizing for glamorizing and supporting the communist scum down in Cuba who imprison and torture blacks on a regular basis.
Allow me to explain: On the July 12th 2011 episode of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations Bourdain traveled to Cuba highlighting the exquisite food (most people claim it sucks big time; the best is manifestly in Miami), the friendly and perennially dancing and singing natives, the exhilarating island sights and sounds, etc. “Yes, go to Cuba!” gushed Bourdain at the show’s conclusion.
Neck to neck with Venezuelan subsidies, Castro’s Stalinist regime lives off tourism. As thoroughly documented in a new book, Castro’s family, secret police and military enjoy majority-ownership of Cuba’s tourist industry. Concurrent with his TV propaganda piece, Bourdain’s Travel Channel page posted a link to the Castro-regime-owned (stolen at Soviet gun-point from capitalists who built it) Hotel Nacional for quick and easy reservations in Havana!
In brief, Bourdain’s Castroite visa-issuers got a fabulous return.
Not far from where Bourdain wined and dined on food most Cubans savor only in their dreams (in 1958 Cubans enjoyed the 3rd highest protein consumption in the Western hemisphere, by the way) black political prisoners were jailed in conditions that make Nelson Mandela’s incarceration look like a stint in a Motel 6. These black Cubans crimes?
Publicly quoting the works of Marin Luther King and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, mimicking Gandhi’s peaceful protests against the British. Please note: these Cuban human-rights activists did not mimic Mandela’s tactics against South Africa (placing bombs in public places).
Among these black prisoners was Dr. Elias Biscet, an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience who was awarded (obviously in absentia) the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 2008. He was finally released just a month before Bourdain’s propaganda junket. But you’ve never heard of him, right?
Many Cuban blacks suffered longer incarceration in Castro’s dungeons and torture chambers than Nelson Mandela suffered in South Africa’s. In fact, they qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history.
Read the whole thing to find out what happened to Dr. Biscet at the hands of Bourdain’s hosts, as well as the fate of some of his fellow activists, like Orlando Zapata Tamayo. Unfortunately, Tamayo isn’t around to tell his own tale, and you know progressives like Anthony Bourdain aren’t about to do tell it. Bourdain is deserving of a mountain of scorn, but of course he’ll be given a pass by his fellow progressives, who also like to believe that Cuba is some sort of utopia while turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering imposed on its citizenry.
It’s kind of ironic that Deen and Bourdain were once on the same side politically. I wonder what she thinks about that now.