Why it’s time to hang up the Che Guevara T-Shirts
If there is one bad thing about college life, it’s hipsters. These filthy bohemian beatniks are one of the few groups that can earn nearly universal disgust from any group at or off campus, and they mostly bring that upon themselves through their attitudes. They seen particularly adept at getting me to dislike them, today drawing my ire upon seeing a herd of them wearing the all too familiar Che Guevara T-shirts. Leave it to the hipsters to idolize a war criminal whom likely would have had them placed against a wall and shot just as soon as give them the time of day.
Let’s ignore the deliciously ironic fact that a communist revolutionary has a t-shirt line whose entire existence hinges on modern capitalism for a moment. Hell, normally something like Che Guevara t-shirts would give me great joy, seeing capitalism top communism once again. No, this disgust has everything to do with a bunch of unwashed trust-fund-dependent junkies glorifying one of the twentieth centuries greatest monsters. Wearing Che Guevara T-shirts should be as disgusting to any thinking person as if someone whore a T-shirt of Reinhard Heydrich, and I’ll tell you why.
For those who do not know, or simply don’t want to click over to his Wikipedia page or do proper research, Che Guevara was a communist revolutionary from Argentina who is primarily famous for helping the Castro brothers over the Cuban government. Of course, even the hipsters probably know that, and likely adore him for it since he was a ‘rebel’. The more knowledgeable like myself however know he was an unrepentant butcher who, more often than not, killed merely for the sake of killing, to the point of gleefully calling for nuclear war.
He more than anyone was responsible for wrecking Cuba, and as his campaigns in Congo and Bolivia prove, he was just as bloodthirsty, greedy and bigoted as the ‘imperialists’ he claimed to oppose. His supporters aside, historians rightfully view him as an egotistical executioner that left millions dead in his wake.
So as you can tell, I am certainly not a fan of Che Guevara, nor Che Guevara T-Shirts. So when I see a bunch of hipsters touting shirts bearing his likeness irks me quite a bit. Even more so since half of them likely don’t even know who he is. It’s something I’ve always found to be a huge pet peeve of mine, and something that makes my stomach churn to no end. It’s a stupid fad, and one that carries all the good taste of someone wearing shirt bearing the image of Joe Stalin, Chairman Mao or Reinhard Heydrich, and should be viewed just as negatively by day-to-day society.
So please, put that Che Guevara T-Shirt away, or better yet, pitch it – in doing so, you’ll have done humanity more good than Che Guevara ever did.