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Che Guevara T-Shirts Are About Hate

I really want to like a band called Che Guevara T-Shirt, but I just don't think it's happening.

Part of the reason I want to like the band is because, though it's not stated, I think the title is making fun of the people who wear Che Guevara T-Shirts. Perhaps I'm wrong, and perhaps I'm just projecting my own dislike for people in Che Guevara T-Shirts, but either way, there's the logic I have for wanting to like the band. Perhaps it's not the best one, but it's true. I can't fucking stand Che Guevara T-shirts. The people in them inevitably turn out to be touchy vegetarian revolutionaries who are busy reducing everything about Guevara to a simplistic image of supposed good revolution and good change that they can wear on a t-shirt. It's a G8 Summit! Break out your first world dollars and buy a red Che Guevara T-Shirts so you can march! Tell work you won't be in!

Yeah.

Do me a favour: kill yourself. You're soaking up my air. My valuable precious air.

And yet, you know, it's not that I don't see that side of the argument. Indeed, politically speaking, I'm probably close to being a touchy vegetarian revolutionary, and indeed, there is nothing wrong with being touchy, a vegetarian, or a revolutionary. There are people I know and love who are all those things (see). If it wasn't for my very real apathy that was born out of the realisation that democracy is entirely a sham and that the power of the people is nothing but a cruel joke that is allowed to exist in the minds of political romantics and political liars, I could go and be any of those things and, yes, even protest G8 summits.

But as soon as I see someone in a Che Guevara T-Shirt, I just want to break out the show trials, the gulags, and the assassinations.

It's the t-shirt. Just the t-shirt. I really fucking hate the t-shirt.

It's a touch on the irrational side, really.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
i have a castro t-shirt ;)
mattdoyle
Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
btw, that was me
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
well. castro. that's entirely different. i don't care either way bout castro t-shirts.
mattdoyle
Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
i forgot to log in, you see
ataxi
Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
On the other hand, the weary facial expression of the dilettante nihilist as he talks down to the idealists yet to be disabused of their naivete by an uncaring world isn't a dated fashion statement at all ... in fact, it's never been more a la mode.
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
do you see a photo of my wearing face here? no. that's what makes me so special.
ataxi
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
*grin* What gave you the impression I was talking about you? Geez, it's as if the planets revolve around you ...
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
me special :)
catsparx
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
nothing screams chardonnay socialist louder than a che T-shirt. It's become a brand image, same as Nike or Coke.

By the way, I love this line: 'You're soaking up my air.'

Also by the way, I'd definitely wear a t-shirt with Andy's 26 lies image on it.
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
haha.

you know, we could do one of those. i could just load it onto cafepress. maybe i'll run it by andy.
catsparx
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
do it!!! I'll buy one!
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
i just emailed him.
mattdoyle
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
hehe i love those "... socialist" descriptions. chardonnay is a new one for me. ppl usually say champagne socialist. i am also a fan of "camembert communist" ;)
catsparx
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
chardonnay socialist is old old old!!! But camembert commie is a new one for me!
lyndarama
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
Fuck. *takes Ben's Christmas gift back to store*. Lol.
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
heh.

i know that's a lie cause you never buy me xmas gifts.
lyndarama
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Well now I'm defintely not gonna buy you that Transforming music player thingy!
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
aw. but, but, but--i love you, lyn. i love yous so much.
frogworth
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
There's nothing irrational about hating Che Guevara t-shirts. I hate them from both directions (as do you, clearly): on the one hand, you know, Che was a dude who believed in violent revolution, killing innocent people in the pursuit of a cause, not to mention show trials and all the rest. And on the other hand, wearing a fucking t-shirt doesn't make you part of the global socialist whateverness, geez.

Mind you, I hate Bob Marley fans too.
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
yeah, i can get behind some bob marley fan hate. especially if they have dreads.
frogworth
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
On a forum I'm on, John Butler was described as having "credlocks". Bwahahahaha!
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
hahahahahahaha
jlundberg
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
I was on the train the other day, and saw a kid around 5 or 6 years old wearing one of these shirts, and I almost smacked the kid's mother. He obviously doesn't understand what the shirt means in any political or social context; he's just too young to get it. So why would his mother put him in the shirt? For herself.

I tend to be a touchy vegetarian revolutionary myself sometimes, but I will never wear one of these shirts. As much as I admire what Che set out to do in S. America, I very much doubt that one of his hidden goals was the commercial commodification of his likeness.
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
that's classy putting such a shirt on a kid. but hey, maybe he has a che guevara action figure at home? heh. i bet they're round, too.

and yes, like you, i kinda doubt one of his goals was to be a t-shirt for middle class people.
deborahlive
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, that hits one of my Mom Buttons. Seeing a kid treated like a little fashion accessory.

For the twenty-six lies shirt, I have a cafepress store, too. We can cross list it!

benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
andy's got some plans, by the looks at it. we shall wait to be dazzled :)
rachelholkner
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Out here in the suburbs it's not so much about being a touchy vegetarian revolutionary, but about wearing he same t-shirt that *declared cool person* is wearing. Not only do the people buying Che Guevara shirts not recognise who the picture is of, but they're watered down, with the red star (on his hat) replaced by an 'x'.

I became so afraid of being left out of the gang, I made my own version.
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
heh.

i bet not as many people wear yours to protests ;)
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benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
heh. you know i love you, baby.
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benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
heheh.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 23rd, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
Nice one!
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
thanks.
ex_chrisbil
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
Y'know, I don't have a huge problem with Che Guevara - I'm pretty sure he had good ideals and bad reactions to them, if that makes any sense, but he's less evil than many - but I do hate those damn t-shirts as much as you. I hate political t-shirts on the whole, to be honest, although I did wear my "George Bush and Son, Family Butchers" t-shirt when we had Al Gore and Gordon Brown in the office...

Oh, n' I'm thinking of buying one of these from a friend's site: Shame on US!
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
that's not a bad shirt that.

to be honest, i don't have the hate for guevara himself. he was a complex kinda figure, like nearly everyone in history. i just dislike the shirt.
ex_chrisbil
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)
It's not a bad website, either. The guy that runs it is a very, very good friend of mine. I really don't agree with everything said on it, but all of it is worth a further-thought-encouraging read. His religious views don't match mine (any more), but they're as sound as any others I've seen.
hollowpoint
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
Commodification: providing distorted, diluted shit since time immemorial.
benpeek
Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
you so cynical ;)
lucius_t
Aug. 24th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
I have a che guevara watch. does this make culturally suspect....
benpeek
Aug. 24th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
sounds like styling protest wear to me...
lucius_t
Aug. 24th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Well, surely it's not as trendy as liking bands with tapdance drummmers, which is kind of an Andy Warhol affectation...


...I've made my bones in CA, so I have the freedom not to worry 'bout what folks think...

benpeek
Aug. 25th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
heheh.

i'm all about the andy warhol, i am. anyhow, what's CA stand for, btw?
lucius_t
Aug. 25th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
California, in some instances.

All about Warhol, huh? We will have to arrange a party for you replete with rollerskating waitresses and self-loathing gays.

Tell the truth, I'm all about Che Guevara and other revolutionaries trendi-wear. Not only does it make easy targets for those who desire such, it suggests that Marxism lives on, if only as a fashion statement and in China Mieville's novels.
benpeek
Aug. 25th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
heh. that's funny, man. anyhow, i gotta go to work. i'll catch you later.
ironed_orchid
Aug. 27th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
Have I mentioned the Che T-Shirt game? sabotabby invented it.

You go up to people and ask them who that guy on their shirt is. There are quite a few people who have no fucking clue. This does work better at gigs than at political rallies, at rallies I just count the Che t-shirts I spot, and report the number in my blag.
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