Gloria Estefan, Barbara Walters & Cher Join Trump, Obama & Rubio In Castro Tweets

Greg Evans

Update with Andy Garcia statement  In a lengthy statement to the press, Havana-born Passengers actor Andy Garcia said, “It is necessary for me to express the deep sorrow that I feel for all the Cuban people both inside and outside of Cuba that have suffered the atrocities and repression caused by Fidel Castro and his totalitarian regime. The promises of his so-called revolution of pluralism and democracy were and continue to be a false promise and a betrayal of all basic human rights. The executions, persecution and imprisonment of political dissidents and the LGBT community, denial of free press, elections and religious freedoms continue to be his legacy. He claimed that history would absolve him, but it can also condemn him. I stand as I always have with the Cuban people who love, cherish and celebrate liberty. Hard-working, helpful people who open their hearts and homes to all, whether in Cuba or in exile. I pray for what I have always prayed for: the restoration of our constitution and absolute freedom for the people of Cuba. That dream is very much alive, that fight is very much alive. Let the spirit of Jose Marti and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. show us the way.”

Previous Donald Trump might have put it most succinctly – his first tweet on the death of Cuba’s former president and despot this morning was an unusually brief “Fidel Castro is dead!” – but other politicians, pundits and celebrities felt no less moved to join the discussion. Gloria Estefan, Adam McKay, Barbara Walters and Cher entered the fray, and for once (as these things go) “condolences” were in short supply, though President Barack Obama made the offer to Castro’s family, along with thoughts and prayers for the Cuban people.

Here’s a serving, starting with Trump’s hors d’oeuvre and continuing through some political side-taking and one or two humor fails – yes, Billy Eichner, it is too soon for Florence Henderson jokes. And, no, Colin Kaepernick has not tweeted about Castro’s death, tearful or otherwise, no matter how many times Mike Huckabee and other meme believers say so.

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