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« Reply #135 on: August 02, 2009, 02:44:15 am »

    * In the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Johnny Depp depicting Hunter S. Thompson awakens from an adrenochrome overdose and stands in front of a picture of Che Guevara stuck to a Mexican flag. Benicio Del Toro who co starred in the film (and would later play Che Guevara in Che), has stated that Thompson kept a "big" picture of Che in his kitchen.[24]

    * In the 2003 documentary "Breakfast With Hunter", acclaimed author Hunter S. Thompson can be seen in several scenes wearing different Che Guevara t-shirts.

    * Actress Lindsay Lohan dons a Che Guevara t-shirt in one scene of the 2004 film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.[25]

    * Indian actor Rajat Kapoor was made up to resemble Guevara in the 2009 Bollywood thriller Siddharth-The Prisoner. In describing the reasoning, director Pryas Gupta stated that the central concept of the film is "freedom from the complexities of life" while remarking "who better than Che Guevara, to represent that spirit."[26]

    * James Benning utilizes Richard Dindo's documentary Ernesto Che Guevara: The Bolivian Diaries to form his own avant-garde film entitled Utopia. The film juxtaposes Che's vehement opposition to imperialism, with the importing of low wage Mexican laborers in the California desert to farm the Imperial Valley.[27]

    * Leonardo Katz's 1998 experimental film El Día Que Me Quieras (The Way You’ll Love Me) is a meditation on Freddy Alborta's famous post-mortem photo of Che Guevara. Katz deconstructs and re-photographs the famous picture while drawing comparisons to the classic paintings of Mantegna's "Dead Christ" and Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson".[28]
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« Reply #136 on: August 02, 2009, 02:44:44 am »

In television

    * Che Guevara himself was a guest on Face the Nation with Tad Szulc in 1964.

    * The now canceled Fox television show Dark Angel, the main character's assumed name is Mac Guevara, an obvious reference to Che in her quest to liberate her own race of people, as well.

    * In an episode of the animated sitcom King of the Hill, Bobby's activist friend wears a Che Guevara t-shirt.

    * In an episode of American Dad!, Stan's son is sued by a communist to follow communism, after his dad ignores him. When his dad enters his room and sees communist apparel everywhere, he begins to rip them down. When he gets to a picture of Che he says "This we can agree on. Planet of the Apes was a fine picture".

    * Kyle wears a Che Guevara t-shirt in the South Park episode "Die Hippie, Die".

    * In the first season, the opening sequence of The Boondocks featured main character Huey Freeman stylized in the likeness of Che Guevara. A poster of Che Guevara was also seen in his room in the episode "The Passion of the Ruckus".

    * In the anime Eureka Seven, the character Stoner resembles Che.

    * In the anime Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei, one of the characters finds a shirt with Che Guevara's face on it in episode 12.

    * In the anime series Heat Guy J, a poster of Che Guevara hangs on a wall in Daisuke's room.

    * In That '70s Show, the character Steven Hyde often wears a Che Guevara t-shirt.

    * Eric Burdon wears a Che Guevara shirt as host of the PBS special The '60s Experience.

    * PBS held a forum entitled: ‘the Legacy of Che’ where they proclaimed that: "Che Guevara was a pop icon of mythic proportions."

    * In The Simpsons episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)", the Tito Puente's mambo club is called "Chez Guevara", an obvious reference to Che.

    * In the Serbian television series, Vratiće se rode, Švaba has a poster of Che Guevara in his bedroom.

    * The Latin American Xchange, a Total Nonstop Action Wrestling tag team, show clips of Che Guevara in their entrance video.

    * In the pilot episode of Mission Hill, there is a picture of Che in the background of a classroom.

    * In the movie Lost and Delerious, the character Paulie has a Che Guevara poster over her bed.

    * In an episode of The Venture Bros., "Dia de Los Dangerous!" Dr. Venture's "colleague" is named Ernesto Guevara

    * When British comedy and TV star Ricky Gervais (of The Office) brought out a DVD of his politics live stand up show in 2004, he chose to represent himself on the cover as Che Guevara.

    * In episode 6 of the British teen drama Skins, the character James Cook (played by Jack O'Connell) runs for class president by presenting himself mocked up as Che Guevara.[29]

    * Stephen Colbert gifted Benicio Del Toro a modified Che t-shirt bearing his own image when Del Toro appeared on a January 2009 broadcast of The Colbert Report, to promote the film Che.[30]

    * The 2009 ABC animated comedy The Goode Family, parodies a liberal family whose dog is named "Che". Abhoring meat consumption, the Goode Family (whose car bumper also features the face of Che Guevara) force their dog Che to follow a vegan diet, which forces him to supplement his appetite by eating small creatures and neighborhood cats.[31]
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« Reply #137 on: August 02, 2009, 02:45:09 am »

In music

    "And if there's any hope for America, it lies in a revolution, and if there's any hope for a revolution in America, it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara."
    — Phil Ochs, the liner notes of The Broadside Tapes

    * Punk band The (International) Noise Conspiracy's musical inspiration was stated to be the above Ochs quote.

    * Upon hearing the news of Guevara's murder, Cuban musician Carlos Puebla composed "Hasta siempre, Comandante." Since then it has been covered by numerous artists including the Buena Vista Social Club and Joan Baez. French singer Nathalie Cardone produced a modern rendition of the song entitled "Hasta Siempre" as an ode to honor Guevara.

    * Folk singer Judy Collins composed a ballad entitled "Che" as an ode to Che Guevara after his death. The song was then remixed into an "intense rhythmic interpretation" for a 2009 tribute album entitled Born to the Breed by artist James Mudriczki. Collins singled out this song as one of her favorite tracks, while describing Mudriczki's rendition as "marvelous".[32]

    * The German composer Hans Werner Henze dedicated his 1968 oratorio Das Floß der Medusa as a requiem for Guevera.

    * In 1968, Scottish songwriter Ewan MacColl composed the song "The Compañeros" in honor of Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. His wife Peggy Seeger also wrote "A Song for Che Guevara."

    * Grammy Award-winning Carlos Santana wore a Che Guevara shirt to the 2005 Oscar awards.

    * The cover of Madonna's 2003 album American Life emulates Guerrillero Heroico, as she revealed to the Italian version of Top of the Pops. Madonna cited Che as a "revolutionary spirit" while adding that although she does not "necessarily agree with the The Communist Manifesto, she believes that "there are aspects of socialism which are good", and that she "likes what (Che) stood for".[33]

    * In rapper Jay-Z's Black Album, the track "Public Service Announcement" contains the line "I'm like Che Guevara with bling on / I'm complex."

    * "Indian Girl" by the The Rolling Stones has a lyric referring to Che. "Mr. Gringo, my father he ain't no Che Guevara, And he's fighting the war on the streets of Masaya"

    * The Nightwatchman aka (Tom Morello) references a quote from Che Guevara - "Liberators do not exist, the people liberate themselves" - in the music video for the song 'Road I Must Travel.'

    * In rapper Nas's album, 'Stillmatic there is a controversial track named "My Country" that pays tribute to Che Guevara and others who were murdered by the United States.

    * David Bowie's album, Lodger featured an inside sleeve containing one of the famous photographs of Guevara's corpse surrounded by his executioners.

    * In Richard Shindell's 2004 album Vuelta the track "Che Guevara t-Shirt" tells the story of an illegal immigrant imprisoned after 9/11 who may be kept in jail forever because he carries a photo of his girlfriend wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt.

    * On the track "It's Your World" from the rapper Common's 2005 album Be, the artist states "Wish I was free as Che was."

    * In Pet Shop Boys's song "Left To My Own Devices" they mention with irony "Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat".

    * The artist Immortal Technique has made several references to Guevara in his songs (No Me Importa, Internally Bleeding) and has performed many times while wearing a shirt bearing his image.

    * In the Manic Street Preachers song, "Revol", there is the lyric "Che Guevara, you're all target now".

    * The song "Hammerblow", off the Cherry Poppin' Daddies album Susquehanna, is a story-song about an underground Marxist uprising; a character in the song tells the narrator ""We haven't gone extinct/Unlike Che Guevara, Marx and Pravda"", assuring that though said revolutionaries may be gone, the movement continues.

    * American rock band Chagall Guevara, took their name from artist Marc Chagall and Che Guevara, to imply the concept of "revolutionary art."

    * The Australian punk band the Clap has a song called "Che Guevara T-Shirt Wearer" featuring the chorus lines of "you're a Che Guevara T-shirt wearer, and you have no idea who he is."

    * A Finnish rock band Happoradio has a song called "Che Guevara". The chorus goes: "tell your husband to dress like Che Guevara when you fall into bed."

    * On October 12, 2007, musicians from the Chilean community and Grupo Amistad, performed songs dedicated to Che at a memorial celebration in Winnipeg, Canada.[34]

    * The Brazilian rock band Sepultura performed at Havana´s "Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Tribune" in July 2008, while also visiting the memorial to Che Guevara.[35]

    * American punk rock band Against Me! have a song called "Cliché Guevara" on their album As the Eternal Cowboy.

    * Muslim-American rapper Rhymefest (whose birth name is 'Che' in honor of Guevara) titled his 2009 album "El Che", describing the overall theme as a "journey with a revolutionary."

    * Artist Dana Lyons mentions Che Guevara in his song Cows with Guns.

    * The band Rage Against the Machine has assorted band apparel with Che's image on it and recommends Guevara's manual "Guerrilla Warfare" in their liner notes.

    * American indie rock band Che Guevara T-Shirt named themselves after the phenomena outlined in this article, specifically the irony that a Marxist inspired guerilla is now used to sell Capitalist products.

    * In July 2009, Cuba's best known folk musician Silvio Rodriguez announced that had written a new song entitled "Tonada del albedrio" (Tune to Free Will) intended to "rehabilitate" the image of revolutionary Che Guevara from being an "international super-brand". According to Rodriguez the new song on his upcoming album "Segunda Cita" (Second Date) returns the emphasis and meaning of Guevara's life to "his struggle against imperialism, his love of being a revolutionary and his concept of socialism."[36]
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« Reply #138 on: August 02, 2009, 02:45:41 am »

Songs in tribute

    "We've considered Che a fifth band member for a long time now, for the simple reason that he exemplifies the integrity and revolutionary ideals to which we aspire."
    — Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against The Machine [37]

    * Afro Cubanos All Stars ~ "Hasta Siempre Comandante" mp3

    * Ahmet Koç ~ "Hasta Siempre" (instrumental) official video

    * Ali Primera ~ "Comandante Amigo" listen

    * Biermann & Black ~ "Hasta Siempre Comandante Che Guevara" mp3

    * Bill Laswell ~ "Commander Guevara" mp3

    * Carlos Puebla ~ "Hasta Siempre Comandante Che Guevara" video

    * Chicos Nuevos ~ "Che Guevara Rap Cubano" official video

    * Elena Burke ~ "Cancion del Guerrillero Heroico" mp3

    * Jorge Drexler ~ "Al otro lado del río" = "On the other side of the river" (received the Academy Award for Best Original Song of 2004) Video --- Performed by Antonio Banderas & Carlos Santana @ 2005 Oscars Video

    * Juan Carlos Biondini ~ "Poema al Che" listen

    * La Mona Gimenez ~ "El pueblo te ama Che Guevara" listen

    * Levellers ~ "Happy birthday revolution"

    * Nathalie Cardone ~ "Hasta Siempre Comandante" official video -&- performed live

    * Oktober Klub international ~ "Comandante Che Guevara" mp3

    * Quilapayun ~ "Cancion funebre para el Che Guevara" listen

    * Shaikh Emam ~ "Guevara Mat (Guevara has died)"

    * Silvio Rodriguez ~ "Fusil contra fusil" mp3 --- live in Chile

        "Tonada del albedrio" (Tune to Free Will)

    * Soledad Bravo ~ "Hasta Siempre Comandante Che Guevara" mp3

    * United States of America - "Love Song For The Dead Che"

    * Victor Jara ~ "Zamba del Che" listen

    * Wolf Biermann ~ "Comandante Che Guevara" listen

    "He looked a lot like Che Guevara
    Drove a diesel van
    Kept his gun in quiet seclusion
    Such a humble man."
    — David Bowie, Panic in Detroit

[edit] In books & magazines

    * Che was featured on the cover of the August 8, 1960 edition of Time Magazine, where in they declared Guevara "Castro's Brain".[38]

    * Time Magazine named Che Guevara one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century, while listing him in the "heroes and icons" section.[39]

    * To coincide with the 40th anniversary of his execution, "Che in Verse" reproduced 134 poems and songs from 53 countries about the enigmatic revolutionary. The book contains 19 poems by North American poets, including Allen Ginsberg, Robert Lowell, John Haines, Greg Hewett, Michael McClure and Thomas Merton. It examines how Che was celebrated or remembered from before his death to the present day.

    * In the novel I, Che Guevara by John Blackthorn (a pen name of former Senator Gary Hart), Guevara returns to Cuba under an alias during its first ever democratic election. Espousing an ideology of direct democracy and a government run exclusively via New England-style town meetings, he sponsors a professor's grassroots third party run for President of Cuba, opposing both the Communist Party and a Cuban American/White House-backed right-wing party.

    * In the manga Baki the Grappler: Son of Ogre by Keisuke Itagaki, an 'alternative universe' version of Guevara exists. This Edwardo 'Che' Guevara is a former pirate of the high seas who went on to found his own sovereign nation of 'La Serna'. His appearance is nearly identical to the real Guevara as seen in the classic photograph, and he is one of the three strongest men in the entire world.

    * In the novel "King Dork" by Frank Portman, there are many mentions of the main character, Tom Henderson wearing his "Che Guevara T-Shirt" while playing in his band.

    * In the memoir "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi, the main character dressed up as Che as a child and played with her friends who portrayed other revolutionaries.

    * Guevara's image is on the cover of the book The Rebel Sell.

    * The December 2008 issue of Rolling Stone Argentina features Che's well known Guerrillero Heroico image on the cover.[40]

    * Robert Arellano's 2009 novel Havana Lunar is set during the 1992 Special Period in Cuba, and tells the story of Manolo Rodríguez, a doctor who in spite of being estranged from the Communist party, idealizes their revolutionary principles and talks to a Che Guevara portrait in his home.[41]
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« Reply #139 on: August 02, 2009, 02:46:52 am »

In advertising

    "There's something about that man in the photo, the Cuban revolutionary with the serious eyes, scruffy beard and dark beret. Ernesto "Che" Guevara is adored. He is loathed. Dead for nearly 40 years, he is everywhere - as much a cultural icon as James Dean or Marilyn Monroe, perhaps even more so among a new generation of admirers who've helped turn a devout Marxist into a capitalist commodity."
    — Martha Irvine, The Washington Post [42]

    * In 1970 The Italian company Olivetti utilized Che's image for an ad celebrating its creative sales force, it read "We would have hired him".[43]

    * For an advertising campaign Taco bell dressed up a chihuahua like Che Guevara and had him state: "Yo quiero Taco Bell", Spanish for: "I want Taco Bell!". Chuck Bennett, Taco Bell's advertising director when asked about the allusion to Che has stated: "We wanted a heroic leader to make it a massive taco revolution."

    * There is an "El Ché-Cola", which donates 50 % of their net profits to NGOs, and has the slogan: "Change your habits to change the world."[44]

    * In Peru you can purchase packs of El Che Cigarettes (ultra lights).[45]

    * Smirnoff vodka attempted to use the image of Che Guevara in an advertising campaign in 2000, but was stopped in court by photographer Alberto Korda who took the original iconic image.

    * Converse uses the image of Che Guevara in one of their shoe ad campaigns.

    * Ben and Jerry's has a brand of ice cream called: "Cherry Guevara", whose label states: "The revolutionary struggle of the cherries was squashed as they were trapped between two layers of chocolate. May their memory live on in your mouth." As you finish the ice cream you're left with a wooden stick with the words "We will bite to the end!"

    * A French businessman has introduced a perfume & cologne - Che Perfume by Chevignon: "Dedicated to those who want to feel and smell like revolutionaries."

    * In an advertisement for Jean Paul Gaultier sunglasses circulated in Europe in 1999, Che is painted as a Frida Kahlo-type landscape, in front of a blazing desert sun.[5]

    * Leica (which was the camera used by Alberto Korda to capture Guerrillero Heroico) has used an image of their camera with Che's red star to advertise their "revolutionary camera."

    * The offices of the Financial Times in London, features a large poster of a Che-esque Richard Branson greeting visitors in a beret, while pronouncing "We live in financial times".[46]

    * In November 2008, The Bobblehead LLC company released a limited edition of 100 Che Guevara bobbleheads. Creator and owner Rick Lynn announced that it had been a "long time dream" to create the hand painted and custom designed pieces, which will be hand signed and numbered as a collectors item.[47]

    * In December 2008, the Tartan Army began selling t-shirts with "Scotland's favorite son" Robert Burns in the mould of the iconic image of Che Guevara. The proceeds will go to organizations that assist disadvantaged and chronically ill children in countries the Tartan Army visit.[48]

    * In 2008, Romanian auto maker Dacia (a subsidiary of Renault) produced a new commercial advertising their new Logan MCV station wagon entitled "revolution.” The add utilizing actors begins with Fidel Castro arriving at a remote villa where he finds a host of other modern era revolutionaries, and ends with him standing on the back patio where Che Guevara tells Karl Marx that "it is time for another revolution", to which Marx responds "Che, it's about what people need."[49]

    * In June 2009, the granddaughter of Che, Lydia Guevara, posed semi-naked in camouflage pants, a red beret, and bandoliers of baby carrots for a shirt, in an advertisement promoting vegetarianism for the animal rights group PETA.[50] The ad/poster [51] will first debut in Che's native Argentina before going international, and asks viewers to "Join the vegetarian revolution!" PETA spokesman Michael McGraw told reporters that "it very much evokes the tag line of the ad" while adding that it was also a "homage of sorts to her late grandfather."[52]
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« Reply #140 on: August 02, 2009, 02:47:08 am »

Businesses

    * There is a 'Che Café' in La Jolla California where atop the menu it reads: "The Che Café is a great place to hang out with other people who envision a better world."

    * The Russian capital of Moscow also features a 'Club Che', which is a vibrant Latin American-themed club staffed by Cuban waiters. [53]

    * The Russian city of St. Petersburg features a 'Cafe Club Che' (lounge, bar, & jazz club) where patrons can get their hands on a shot of Cuban rum and a fine Cuban cigar at the drop of a military beret. [54]

    * Cairo, Egypt features a "Che Guevara" themed nightclub, where the waiters dress in uniformed black berets.[43]

    * The Slovenian capital Ljubljana contains a 'Che Bar', where images of the man decorate every wall and surface.[55]

    * Manchester, England features a Latin American themed bar called: 'Che'.

    * Dallas, Texas, features a "Club Che" which is both a nightclub and restaurant.

    * Blackpool, England features a new Cuban themed club called 'Che Bar'.

    * San Diego, California features 'Che Cafe' on the UCSD campus.

    * Tucson, Arizona features 'Che's Lounge' on Fourth Avenue.
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« Reply #141 on: August 02, 2009, 02:47:29 am »

In fashion

    "I don't want people to use my father's face unthinkingly. I don't like to see him stitched on the backside of a pair of mass-produced jeans. But look at the people who wear Che T-shirts. They tend to be those who don't conform, who want more from society, who are wondering if they can be better human beings. That, I think he would have liked."
    — Aleida Guevara, daughter of Che Guevara [56]

    * Actor Johnny Depp wears a pendant of Che Guevara around his neck, as can be seen on the February 2005 cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

    * Supermodel Gisele Bündchen donned a bikini adorned with Che Guevara's image for the São Paulo fashion week in July 2002.

    * Prince Harry was spotted in July 2006 adorning a Che Guevara t-shirt, leading London tabloids to proclaim him "Havana Henry".

    * Rapper Jay-Z, who raps in one of his songs "I'm like Che Guevara with bling on", commonly is seen wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt.

    * Model/actress Elizabeth Hurley was spotted in 2004 clubbing in London with a $4,500 Che-embroidered Louis Vuitton handbag.[57]

    * Burlington Coat Factory ran a television ad called "Values" featuring a teenager in a Guevara shirt. Later they removed the ad after protest by conservative Cuban-American exiles.

    * A store called La La Ling in Los Angeles sells a Che Guevara shirt for babies — actually, a "onesie." The ad text is as follows: "Now even the smallest rebel can express himself in these awesome baby one-sies. This classic Che Guevara icon is also available on a long-sleeve tee in kids' sizes ... Long live the rebel in all of us ... there's no cooler iconic image than Che!"

    * In 2004 the New York Public Library's gift shop featured a Che Guevara watch. The ad for the watch stated: "Revolution is a permanent state with this clever watch, featuring the classic romantic image of Che Guevara, around which the word 'revolution'-revolves."

    * During the October 7, 2002, Vanity Fair photo shoot of the Osbourne family by Annie Leibovitz, son Jack Osbourne is wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt.

    * The Onion offers a satirical shirt with Che Guevara himself wearing a Che Guevara shirt. The accompanying sardonic advertisement refers to the "iconic" image as "scarcely seen" since the days when Guevara "freed thousands from the restrictive yoke of T-shirt selection."[58]

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« Reply #142 on: August 02, 2009, 02:47:50 am »

In art

    "Possibly more than the Mona Lisa, more than images of Christ, more than comparable icons such as The Beatles or Monroe, Che's image has continued to hold the imagination of generation after generation."
    — Hannah Charlton, The Sunday Times [59]

    * British pop artist Sir Peter Blake has referred to Guerrillero Heroico as "one of the great icons of the 20th century."[60]

    * Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick converted Korda's picture into a high contrast stylized drawing, which since has become iconic and is frequently seen in silkscreen or stencil art.

    * The Cuban Ministry for the Interior building features a large, stylised outline of Che's face above the phrase "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" (English): "Until the Everlasting Victory Always".

    * In 2005 an exhibition examining the Korda portrait entitled Revolution & Commerce: The Legacy of Korda's Portrait of Che Guevara, was organized by Jonathan Green and Trisha Ziff for UCR/California Museum of Photography. This exhibition has traveled to International Center of Photography, New York; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

    * The cover of the January 1972 edition of National Lampoon magazine features a parody of the Alberto Korda's iconic photo in which Che is hit in the face with a cream pie.

    * Rage Against the Machine's 1992 debut single, Bombtrack, uses Che's image on its cover.

    * A parody of the famous Che Guevara poster was used on the cover of the March 2008 edition of MAD Magazine, with Alfred E. Neuman's head replacing Guevara's.

    * Manhattans International Center of Photography held a 2006 exhibit entitled: "Che ! Revolution and Commerce."

    * The Montreal Museum of Fine Art used Guevara's image to advertise their 2004 expose entitled Global Village: The 1960s.[43]

    * In October 2007, the Frieze Art Fair unveiled a life size bronze statue by Christian Jankowski in London's Regent's Park.[61] The piece, which in 2008 was also displayed in New York City's Central Park,[62] portrays a well known Barcelona street performer [63] dressed as Che Guevara.

    * In January 2009, artist Juan Vazquez Martin, who fought alongside Che Guevara during the Cuban Revolution, held an exhibition with 13 of his paintings in Derry, Northern Ireland. The Guevara inspired works were shown as part of the Bloody Sunday commemoration weekend. Martin stated that he was "emotional" and "inspired" during his visit, upon seeing a mural celebrating Che Guevara's Irish connection to the Bogside.[64]
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« Reply #143 on: August 02, 2009, 02:48:06 am »

Body art

    * Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, has a tattoo portrait of Che Guevara on his right arm.

    * Former Heavy Weight Boxing champion Mike Tyson who has a tattoo of Che Guevara on his rib, in 2003 described Che as "An incredible individual. He had so much, but sacrificed it all for the benefit of other people." [65]

    * Veteran English professional footballer Darren Currie has a large tattoo on the left side of his stomach of Che Guevara. When asked about the motivation for the piece, Currie stated that he had been reading Che's book since he was 14, and that he "admired the way he went out of his way about things."[66]

    * Argentine Juan Sebastian Veron, the 2008 South American Footballer of the Year, has a tattoo of Che's face on his shoulder. When his S.S. Lazio won the 1999 Serie A championship, some of the teams Italian fans who initially didn't like the tattoo, came into the dressing room and kissed it.[67]

    * Italian footballer Fabrizio Miccoli who plays striker for Palermo, has a large Che Guevara tattoo on his left calf.[68] As a result, the teams fans unveiled a large stadium sized banner, bearing the image of Che along with the hammer and sickle.[69]

    * Swedish Olympic boxer Kwamena Turkson has the image of Che Guevara tattooed on his arm.[21]
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« Reply #144 on: August 02, 2009, 02:48:46 am »

In theater

Musicals/plays


    * In the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Evita, the narrator and main protagonist is a revolutionary based on Che Guevara. Though never referred to by his name "Che" in the musical itself, the character is identified as "Che" in the libretto, and in the title of one song "The Waltz for Eva and Che", wherein he cynically tells the story of Eva Perón, and the two finally confront one another during the Waltz.

    * Hispanic-American Marcelino Quiñonez wrote and performed a 2007 play entitled El Che, about the revolutionary. The Spanish language drama portrays the human side of Guevara as a father and friend, and debuted in 2009 as part of Phoenix, Arizona's Teatro Bravo series.[70]

    * José Rivera wrote and performed a play entitled School of the Americas which focuses on Che's last few hours alive. The play starring John Ortiz as Che, imagines Che's final conversations, mainly with a young and fairly naive female schoolteacher, in the one-room village schoolhouse where he is imprisoned before his execution. The play was featured in New York City 2006-2007 and later San Francisco 2008.[71]

Other plays featuring a Che Guevara character include:

        * Guerrillas, by Rolf Hochhuth, Production: 1970

        * Che Guevara, Written by Zhang Guangtian, Productions: 2007 Beijing China, 2008 China Art Institute. [72]

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Comedy

    * American comedian Margaret Cho, on the cover of her stand-up act Revolution (2003) combines her face into an obvious appropriation of Che Guevara's famous graphic-portrait.
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    "Rebels and activists the world over still take inspiration from Guevara. But the image has lost something; Che's face on a poster in 1968 isn't quite the same thing as it is on a mousepad 40 years later. Perhaps it is precisely that loss -- the shedding of Che's radicalism and ideological rigor -- that renders him so supremely marketable today."
    — Ben Ehrenreich, Los Angeles Times [73]

    * His exploits during the Cuban Revolution were very loosely dramatized in the 1987 video game Guevara, released by SNK in Japan and "converted" into Guerrilla War for Western audiences, removing all references to Guevara but keeping all the visuals and a game map that clearly resembles Cuba. As a result of its rarity, original copies of the "Guevara" edition of the Japanese Famicom edition go for high amounts on the collectors' market.

    * The 2001 construction and management simulation computer game Tropico allows players to govern a tropical island while amidst a theme similar to that of Cuba after the Cuban revolution. Players may either design their own "El Presidente" character or select one from a list of pre-made historical figures, one of which is Che Guevara.[74]

    * The box art for Just Cause, (the 2006 videogame for PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2) imitates the famous photograph of Che Guevara taken by Alberto Korda. The main character in the game of Rico Rodriguez is also based on CIA agent Félix Rodríguez, whom was present for Che Guevara's capture and eventual execution in Bolivia.

    * On November 16, 2008, a new world record for the number of dominoes toppled in one turn was set in the Netherlands. The 4,345,027 falling dominoes tumbled for two hours and along with other images, revealed a portrait of Che Guevara.[75]
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    "With the recent and euphoric globalization, the image of Che prevails as an activist icon amongst many in the Western World. Within the indigenous Zapatistas in Chiapas, the image of Che blends in with that of Christ, Virgin Mary, truck drivers, vendettas, taggers, commercialists, popular musicians, and gangsters of Mexico and other countries. These people wear him as an accent on their clothing and stickers on their vehicles, as if the image still maintained its primitive innocence."
    — Rogelio Villarreal, editor-in-chief of Replicante Magazine [76]

    * Bolivia features a 'Che Guevara Trail' which is overseen by Care Bolivia and the Bolivian Ministry of Tourism. The trail leads by road from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, via the Inca site of Samaipata, onto the villages of Vallegrande and La Higuera (the 'holy grail' for Che pilgrims). The tour allows visitors to travel just as Che and his comrades did — by mule or on foot through rocky forested terrain — or in four-wheel-drive vehicles along unpaved roads. The trail visits places of historical interest including the site of Che's guerrilla camp, the school where after 11 months as a guerrilla he was captured and killed, and his former grave. Visitors also are able to meet local people who met or traveled with Guevara.

    * Cuba also offers a `14 day "Che Guevara Tour", (organized in collaboration with the Ernesto Che Guevara center in Havana) - which allows travelers to follow the historical footsteps of Che Guevara in his guerrilla struggle to oust Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

    * Journey Latin America, offers a three-week escorted Motorcycle Diaries tour from Buenos Aires to Lima. The company also offers tailor-made trips to any of the locations along the Guevara-Granado route.
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Wall mural in Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland
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Monuments & memorials


    "Guevara is everywhere. He is being reborn. And nowadays, he has won. You will see."
    — Eladio Gonzalez, Che memorabilia store owner in Buenos Aires [77]


    * An average of about 800 international visitors each day make the trek to Che Guevara's mausoleum in Santa Clara, Cuba. The site which contains a 22 foot tall bronze statue of Guevara, also includes his remains, a museum of his exploits, and a eternal flame in honor of his memory.[78]

    * In Venezuela, along the Andean mountain highway near the city of Merida, an 8 foot glass plate bearing Guevara's image is erected near the top of El Aguila Peak. Guevara visited the spot in 1952 during his travels through South America, which he recorded in his diary.[79]

    * Rosario, Argentina, the city of his birth, features a Ernesto "Che" Guevara plaza. The centerpiece is a 13 foot bronze "Monument to Che" statue of Guevara, cast from thousands of donated and melted-down keys.[80]

    * The Bolivian town of La Higuera (where Che was executed) hosts a statue of Guevara [81] as does the bus terminal in El Alto, Bolivia, which features a 23 foot scrap metal sculpture of his likeness.[82]

    * The Jintai Museum park in Beijing, China (Where Guevara visited Chairman Mao in 1960), is home to a sculpted bust of Che, designed by Chinese artist Yuan Xikun.[83]

    * A park along the Danube river in Vienna, Austria, features a 28 inch bronze bust of a bearded Che in his "trademark" beret. At the 2008 unvieling, the city's Social Democratic mayor Michael Haeupl proclaimed the statue "a symbol of Vienna's intention to eradicate poverty."[84]

    * In the autonomous community of Oleiros, Galicia, a ten meter high outline of Guevara's face was constructed by Cuban artist Juan Quintani. The mayor of Oleiros, Angel García Seoane, promoted the 2008 project to "honor Che and all the revolutionaries of the world."[85]

    * In 2009, the South African city of Durban, renamed Moore Road (in honor of colonial era British General Sir John Moore) to Che Guevara Road, in the revolutionary's honor.[86] This was followed by a statue[87] of Guevara being added to the gallery of "liberation struggle heroes" at Pretoria's Freedom Park.[88]
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