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格瓦拉与毛泽东-Reason TV 陈凯访谈 Interview on Kai Chen

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http://www.reason.com/blog/show/130506.html

http://reason.tv/video/show/622.html

格瓦拉与毛泽东-Reason TV 陈凯访谈
Interview on Kai Chen by Reason TV


http://www.reason.com/blog/show/130506.html

http://reason.tv/video/show/622.html

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Dear Ted:

Thanks for the information. I am looking forward to seeing the program. It is a very important issue nowadays in America, especially after the end of the cold war. People have very short memories about the horrors of socialism and communism. The new generation has even less knowledge on the horrors of tyranny and despotism. Some, unfortunately, even want to experiment with socialism in America.

Please send me the link to the program tomorrow. If you want to do a follow up with me, I am all yours. Best and thanks again.

Kai Chen

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In a message dated 12/10/2008 4:12:14 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, ted.balaker@reason.tv writes:

Hi Kai Chen,

I'm very happy to say that our documentary short, "Killer Chic," will be released tomorrow at reason.tv (and elsewhere). It starts with a discussion of Che and then segues into Mao. You're in it quite a bit and you did a great job!

Please pass it along to anyone you think might be interested. We expect to get a good deal of publicity since we're releasing our piece the day before the Benico Del Toro "Che" movie is released.

Thanks again for your help, and I will send you some dvds.

Best,
Ted

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[size=24]Killer Chic: Hollywood's Sick Love Affair with Che Guevara[/size]

Nick Gillespie | December 11, 2008, 7:00am

Gisele Bundchen wears him on the runway, Johnny Depp wears him around his neck, and Benicio Del Toro becomes him in the new, highly acclaimed, two-part epic film from Steven Soderbergh, Che. Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the revolutionary who helped found communist Cuba, is the celebrity that celebrities adore. And be it Madonna, Rage Against the Machine, or Jay-Z, musicians really dig Che.

It's something that baffles Cuban jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera. "Che hated artists, so how is it possible that artists still today support the image of Che Guevara?" Turns out the rebellious icon that emblazons countless T-shirts actually enforced aesthetic and political conformity. D'Rivera explains that Che and other Cuban authorities sought to ban rock and roll and jazz.

"Che was an inspiration for me," D'Rivera tells reason.tv. "I thought I have to get out of this island as soon as I can, because I am in the wrong place at the wrong time!" D'Rivera did escape Cuba, and so far he's won nine Grammy awards playing the kind of music Che tried to silence. But D'Rivera says Che's crimes didn't end with censorship. "He ordered the execution of many people with no trial." Che served as Castro's chief executioner, presiding over the infamous La Cabana prison. D'Rivera says Che's policy of killing innocents earned him the nickname-the Butcher of La Cabana.

"We're rightly horrified by fascist murderers like Adolph Hitler," says reason.tv's Nick Gillespie. "Why aren't we also horrified by communist killers?" Certainly, Che's body count isn't anywhere near Hitler's. But what about someone Che idolized, someone whom he might have liked to wear on his chest?

"Che, Castro, all the communist regimes idolized only one thing that Mao personifies—violence." Kai Chen grew up in China under the reign of Mao Zedong. Although he won gold medals for China's national basketball team, Chen's was far from the celebrity life of an NBA star. Says Chen, "You have no right to talk, and you have no right to think."

The punishment for questioning Mao's authority was often death. The Black Book of Communism estimates that Mao is responsible for the deaths of 65 million people—a figure that dwarfs even Hitler's body count. "Mao is a murderer," says Chen. "The biggest mass murderer in human history."

And yet, like Che, Mao's image is becoming an increasingly popular way to move merchandise. You can buy Mao t-shirts, mugs, caps-you name it. Near Chen's Los Angeles home there's even a restaurant called Mao's Kitchen. "Can you imagine a restaurant called Hitler's Kitchen?" asks Gillespie.

Neither D'Rivera nor Chen understands why communist killers are considered Chic, but each finds his own way to have the last laugh on these anti-capitalist icons.

"Killer Chic" is written and produced by Ted Balaker. Director of Photography is Alex Manning.

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