Excuse me for a minute. Something seems to have happened to my LGF Irony Meter; the little needle is pegged up against the end pin and it’s not budging.
Oh! Never mind; I’ve discovered the reason: Che Guevara’s family to fight use of famed photo. (Hat tip: Eagle.)
HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) — With his picture on rock band posters, baseball caps and women’s lingerie, Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara is firmly entrenched in the capitalist consumer society that he died fighting to overturn.
The image of the Argentine-born guerrilla gazing sternly into the distance, long-hair tucked into a beret with a single star, has been an enduring 20th century pop icon.
The picture — taken by a Cuban photographer in 1960 and printed on posters by an Italian publisher after Guevara’s execution in Bolivia seven years later — fired the imagination of rioting Parisian students in May 1968 and became a symbol of idealistic revolt for a generation.
But as well as being one of the world’s most reproduced, the image has become one of its most merchandised. And Guevara’s family is launching an effort to stop it. They plan to file lawsuits abroad against companies that they believe are exploiting the image and say lawyers in a number of countries have offered assistance.
“We have a plan to deal with the misuse,” Guevara’s Cuban widow Aleida March said in an interview.
“We can’t attack everyone with lances like Don Quixote, but we can try to maintain the ethics” of Guevara’s legacy, said March, who will lead the effort from the Che Guevara Studies Center which is opening in Havana later this year.
“The center intends to contain the uncontrolled use of Che’s image. It will be costly and difficult because each country has different laws, but a limit has to be drawn,” the legendary guerrilla’s daughter, Aleida Guevara, told Reuters.