Because I just love inflicting him on y’all, here’s Bill Maher on the mindlessly hypocritical reaction to some sports player’s recent comments about Cuba and Fidel Castro:
Maher has it right: Yes, Castro has done some vile dictatorial shit, which absolutely no-one is denying. But that’s simply not the point, here. It’s about the fascist hypocrisy in punishing someone solely for having opinions that run contrary to the so-called norm. Merely expressing appreciation for the fact that some old dude is still alive despite failing health and (more notably) over half a century of assassination attempts from the largest military superpower in human history does not imply support for said individual’s history or beliefs. This is akin to the sort of mindless partisan hackery that falsely equates agreeing with a given politician’s stand on one issue with wholehearted support for everything else they do, such as when civil libertarians are accused of being fans of Ron Paul because they agree with his opposition to the War on Drugs.
When all it takes for a man to be professionally and socially castigated is to recognize that the U.S. Government has failed to murder somebody, maybe it’s time for people to rethink their priorities a bit.