In perhaps one of the most controversial foreign policy decisions of the 21st century, President Obama has made unprecedented moves in establishing diplomatic relationships with the Cuban government. GQ Magazine has jumped right on board.
In GQ’s June 2015 issue, they proudly feature a 14-page photo spread showing Cuban-American actor Bobby Cannavale and super model Ana Beatriz Barros glamorously parading themselves around Havana in clothes that the people of Cuba would never dream of being able to afford.
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In the photo spread titled “GQ Goes to Cuba: We Show You How to Dress for the Revolution”, the 1950’s era streets and cars are portrayed as “part of Cuba’s charm”. Nowhere in the 14 pages does it mention that in Cuba, the streets and the cars resemble living in the 1950s because not only can they not afford newer cars or lifestyles, but they are not allowed to progress and catch up with the rest of the world because of the Castro regime’s policies.
So GQ is going to show us how to dress for the revolution? Is that going to be the revolution that killed millions of people in the 50s and 60s, or the revolution which still imprisons those who disagree or speak out against communist ideals or government officials?
The GQ spread talks about Cannavale visiting his mother’s childhood home, who ironically left Cuba in 1962 to escape the Castro / Che Guevara “revolution”. In the home they still had that cozy feel of a 1950s home, and:
“All the furniture there, is the same furniture that my mom had in the 50s!”
As if having the same furniture from the 1950s was charming, they failed to mention that there is just no furniture to replace it with.
The piece speaks about the “grand hotels”, and even had a photo of Cannavale posing next to art of the man who was responsible for his mother fleeing the country, Che Guevara.
In all fairness to GQ, the photos and the clothes are beautiful. They do show some kind of beauty in the culture and resilience of the Cuban people. However, the photos are obviously very polished and staged and fail to show any poor children, or any police presence.
GQ Magazine, whose editor in chief is Jim Nelson, has clearly shown their Michael Moore size bias when they failed to show some images from the REAL Cuba, such as the ones below.
Photo Credits: GQ Magazine, Getty Images, AP.