Deconstructing an Icon: Che Guevara

On Monday, March 24, our Cuban-American Student Association (CASA) hosted renowned author and political commentator Humberto Fontova, who spoke about his book Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots who Idolize HimFontova, who left Cuba at the age of 7 in 1961, sheds light on the ill-conceived notions behind this popular revolutionary icon.


Read my review of Mr. Fontova’s lecture on The Rock @ Boston College.


It is quite literally an “image” that has fueled Che’s fame. As Fontova smartly puts it, he is the “Kim Kardashian of Revolutionaries.” Having achieved little of true merit, Che Guevara is simply “famous for being famous.”

“If you actually study what this guy did, you’ll be mystified as to why on Earth he is famous,” said Fontova, in reference to the notorious photograph of Guevara now plastered on t-shirts and coffee mugs worldwide. “He took a cool-looking photo—and that’s it.”


The CASA Executive Board with Mr. Fontova after his lecture.

Photo credits: Max Prio


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