A statement blasting the clan appears on Vulture, the gossip web site of New York magazine, purportedly paid for by the Cuban government.
But the statement, which calls the Kardashians “American plutocrats,” and “capitalist pigs,” (well, they got that right), cites as its source, the right-wing broadsheet “Page Six.”
We know communism ain’t what it used to be, but the Cuban government has a ready source of house organs available if it’s looking for pro-revolutionary material to quote.
Citing The New York Post seems a little extreme even for post-Soviet Cuba. Plus the article wasn’t all that negative.
Not surprisingly, the Kardashians– Kourtney, Khloé, Kim and Kanye West, with children North West and Saint–were culture shocked to learn parts of the world aren’t totally wired into social media, that is, into them.
“The preening, selfie-obsessed reality stars are having a tough time dealing with Cuba’s spotty internet connections,” Page Six reported.
“They weren’t culturally prepared for Cuba,” the source continued, largely because “nobody knows who they are.”
And if you don’t know them, you don’t know of them, since they produce nothing of discernible value on their own, as the Cuban government apparently figured out.
The statement asserts:
The Kardashians, American plutocrats who have accumulated vast wealth from a foundation of murder and theft, are having a horrible time in Cuba, the right-wing broadsheet “Page Six” reports. The cabal of decadent capitalists is visiting the Caribbean paradise to exploit its natural beauty for the sake of their television show, but the oligarchs, who at home hide from the People in a gated complex in the wealthy Los Angeles enclave of Calabasas, have been made profoundly uncomfortable by Cuba’s egalitarian society.”
“The Kardashian’s apparently were frustrated because they couldn’t post on Snapchat [a $16 billion tech service that produces nothing] and “couldn’t wait to leave.”
But in the final analysis, the government “statement” seemed a little too pop culture savvy to be for real, despite a disclosure the it was “paid content produced for the government of Cuba.”
Vulture claimed it had no role in creating the spoof. But then, that’s just like Vulture.
Of course, the Kardashians needed no help causing an uproar on the island nation. Khloe outraged Cuban Americans after posing provocatively under a memorial honoring Castro.
She recalled the days when hookers lined Havana streets working for the Yankee dollar, until Castro, of course, shut down the trade. Vive la Revolucion!
If anything, the Kardashians were tools of the Cuban government. Buried in a embarrassingly gushing report in People, was a statement by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., slamming the visit.
“I know it’s cool for celebrities to go to Cuba, but the Cuban people don’t experience the glamorous Havana that is featured on social media. Far from photo shoots and fruity drinks, everyday Cubans experience a different, sad reality. Now, the Kardashians are parachuting into the island to tape their vapid TV show. Haven’t the Cuban people suffered enough?”
For the record, a Kardashian rep told Page Six “the ladies don’t have any issues and are having a great time. They knew there wouldn’t be internet service before they came.”
But one thing is certain, if the Kardashians are the future of a capitalist Cuba, then Cubans would likely prefer to keep the iron veranda shades drawn.
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