The Cuban revolutionary that fought American ideology at every opportunity died today in what is perhaps the most shocking and heartbreaking celebrity death to occur in a year absolutely chocked full of them.
With this year seeing the deaths of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, David Bowie, Prince, the Subway ad department’s integrity, Eugene Levy and my great Uncle Merv, as well as the election of Donald Trump who many believe will be the undoing of a great deal of progressive platforms that were so painstakingly pushed through Congress in the last 8 years, the world has had just about enough of 2016. Now with the death of Fidel Castro, we’ve seen the loss of both a political hero and one of last remaining pillars of the Cold War finally gone from this world, making a future of robot-fighting monsters and monster-fighting robots battling over the large bodies of water that have consumed our homes so close we can practically taste it.
Fidel Castro was a complicated character to say the least. There are many that will consider his passing a blessing, considering his crimes against humanity, his eternal push of the Communist agenda and, worst of all, cigars that consumed life, were illegal in most countries, and were impossible to turn down. Others, however, saw him as something of a hero. Someone that rose above the United States arrogant domination over the entire planet in both subtle and less-than-subtle ways to take tiny nips at their ankles when he could. His bark was much worse than his bite, sure, but that was one hell of a bark in its day.
Meanwhile, on the political battlefield America finds itself in, those against the idea of Donald Trump being their President have sided with the Castro administration in an effort to distance themselves from him by any means necessary, even if that means siding with Communistic dictators and their regimes of terror.
Whichever side of the coin you’re on, whether you believed Castro to be an effective leader or a brutal dictator, one thing is for sure: he will be greatly missed, both as a cartoon-ish super-villain from a bygone era and as a leader that many of his own people believed in, at least until they were killed for looking at him funny.