KEVIN COSTNER - LOST IN SPACE?
by Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton
“American Students Found Trailing Foreign Teenagers,” was the title of an article published by The Washington Times on September 17, 2003. Sadly, of 12 countries, U.S. students were at the bottom, “despite U.S. spending of up to three times as much per pupil,” the article says. But in one area our “politically correct” educational system succeeds increasingly: to “properly” misinform the students.
Apparently, Kevin Costner, a Hollywood star/actor/director/personality and without doubt an artist, who unfortunately has not been able to score a hit movie for quite some time, is the result of that twisted way of teaching in our “learning centers” - if you can call them that, despite the fact that his days as a student ended a long time ago.
In an article published on September 20, 2003 in www.TownHall.com, columnist David Limbaugh points out, “The University of Virginia offers a course in Marxism, which posits that the work of the godfather of Communism is the standard against which all subsequent social thought must be judged.”
For the most part, the professors hired have a strong slant for Marxism, Socialism and liberalism so are naturally pro-Castro. And professors who disagree or want to present another point of view, are systematically banished, as in the case Juan J. Lopez who was denied tenure as Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have written two articles about his case.
The September 15, 2003 issue of National Review’s “The Week” reports that the Latin American Studies Department at Princeton is offering a new course. Its title: “Topics in Spanish American Literature and Ideology: Ernesto Che Guevara, Between History and Literature.” The report notes, “Che Guevara’s face is as ubiquitous on the walls of American college dorms as Anna Kournikova’s cleavage.” And questions, “Why is someone who devoted his life to spreading totalitarianism on two continents so popular on American campuses?”
With such junky political indoctrination going on in our “learning centers,” no wonder there are so many spaced out people in America.
Like Costner, who not long ago went on a pilgrimage to Castroland to show one of his films. There he met with the Godfather of the Cuban Cosa Nostra (Castro, of course).
That close encounter of the first kind dazzled the misinformed actor to behave as a regular UFO contactee. Costner declared that the encounter – or should I say, “Communion,” honoring Whitley Strieber’s controversial best selling book - and chat with that Supreme Being was the “experience of a life time.”
But Kevin Costner was visiting Castroland as a privileged guest. Costner doesn’t speak “Cuban” fluently because he wasn’t born there. He hasn’t lived on the island as an ordinary Cuban citizen carrying the infamous “ration book” and without freedom and human rights. He doesn’t have 44 years of firsthand experience under Castro’s boot. He doesn’t even have family or friends on Castro’s island. What can he learn from a whirl-wind visit as an elite?
To be fair, Costner is a victim of the prevalent misinformation about the Cuban Revolution on American campuses and for listening to the “stories” of contactees like Dan Rather, Barbara Walters, Peters Jennings, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Oliver Stone and all those who have flown in and “elitely” visited the coo coos nest.
It doesn’t help Costner a bit to have lived in that far left-coast town known as Hollywood, the land of made beliefs where you have to believe in the nonsense or you can’t play. [Don’t miss the CBS slant on Ronald Reagan, so slanted it is at risk of toppling—to the left, of course. Ms. Streisand certainly would not have allowed Mr. Streisand to portray Mr. Reagan unless the portrayal was slanted in her very proudly slanted direction.] So much for “diversity” of ideas.
Anyway, “diversity” of ideas is a threat to the dictators of “political correctness” in America that are seeking a monolithic universal thought. Some sort of a Jurassic Park inhabited by the “new man.” But we have seen what the Castro-communist experiment to create a “new man” has produced: a being unhesitant to risk his or her own life in order to get the hell out of Castro’s domain. But in terms of the 1950s Actor’s Studio Stanislavsky method acting, Costner never had those living experiences. So he cannot relate.
Costner, and the liberal Hollywood fauna, haven’t had the need to escape America on a raggedy raft (without sun screen and dark designer sun glasses), carrying only a bottle of water (not Perrier), or perhaps a can of condensed milk or sausages and a few candies for the perilous crossing in shark infested waters. Those new men and women with their children are risking their lives with the knowledge that if they survived but are discovered by the coast guard before reaching land, they are returned to the hellhole they wanted to escape, now to be considered enemies of the state.
So, in spite of his experience in his fiasco film “Waterworld,” Costner cannot fathom a real Cuban’s waterworld.
According to The New York Post, contactee Costner, confused by what he has learned in America and by the Supreme Being and ruler-for-life of planet Castro, intends to write and direct a Broadway musical about a clash in the late 1950s between the two dictators: Batista and Castro.
After reading the news, a Cuban American from New York commented, “This is absolutely disgusting. A musical about Castro is like making a serious version of ‘A Springtime for Hitler,’ [from ‘The Producers’]. In 'The Producers,' it was a joke of course, since nobody in his right mind would ever think of making a frolicking musical about Hitler. And this is what makes Costner's idea so absolutely grotesque! Costner’s Castro musical [let's call it, A Springtime for Castro] won’t be a satire! Costner is dead serious! If this is produced, it will be a slap in the face to all of us and to any decent human being concerned with human rights.”
The Washington Times reported on September 9, 2003, pg. A9, that the Justice Minister of “Germany has complained to Italy about a winery that labels its bottles with portraits of Adolf Hitler.” The Italian Alessandro Lunardelli line of wines has a historic line featuring “14 different labels portraying Hitler” and other Nazis as well as fascist Benito Mussolini and communist Josef Stalin.
The same newspaper reported on September 13, 2003, pg. A7, that ”An 88-year-old former member of the Nazi SS will go to trial next week for the 1944 killing of a Dutch resistant fighter, a court in northern Germany announced yesterday.” If the Nazis and their collaborators are still worthy of condemnation and prosecution after 59 years, why not the communist criminals?
Jews all over chastised German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl until her death at age 101 on September 8, 2003, for her 1936 Berlin Olympics Hitler propaganda film “Triumph of the Will.” Why have collaborators and criminals of the Castro regime been exempted? A musical play, posters or a T-shirts displaying Castro or Che are just as offensive to Cuban Americans as Hitler or his Nazi generals would be to Jews. Why is there so much insensitivity created toward victims of communism? Where is it coming from?
It is an obvious educational problem coming from our learning centers in America. Political correctness is doing a great harm by manipulating, misguiding and corrupting generations of Americans.
Kevin Costner enjoys in America the freedom of expression and creation that is being denied to all Cuban artists who do not follow their self-appointed Supreme Being’s dictums and whims. Costner in America is free to produce a “political correct” pro-Castro musical play to contribute to more misunderstanding of the tragedy of Cuba. But Cuban Americans have the right to examine and judge his product and to boycott its presentation on Broadway if is deemed offensive.
Black Americans closed a South African play on Broadway during the Apartheid era as well as they boycott American artists who performed in Sun City, South Africa during those times (including Frank Sinatra who had to cancel his appearance there and apologize).
The Jews in America, the liberal majority in Hollywood and academia are venting their opposition to Mel Gibson’s new film about Christ. So Cuban Americans are not going to stay idle in relation to Costner’s project. We hope that he will use his artistry sensibly and without insulting our intelligence.
In space there are good and evil beings, so all contactees should beware of who they listen to and follow before they get lost and end up being sucked in by a black hole. I wish Costner the best.
Agustin Blazquez, Producer/director of the documentaries
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