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Bernie Sanders Praises Fidel Castro And His Revolution In Cuba During Resurfaced Interview From 1985

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Bernie Sanders is a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist and it running for president yet again. The 77-year-old Vermont politician mobilized young voters during the 2016 election yet failed to secure enough votes to become the Democratic Party’s nominee. Now, in 2020, Sanders is hoping to lead the Democratic Party to victory and become the next president of the U.S. Yet, one video continues to resurface when then-Mayor Sanders praised Fidel Castro for his work transforming Cuba.

An old interview with Bernie Sanders praising Communist dictator Fidel Castro is making the rounds again.

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One of the most quoted moments from the video is Bernie’s excitement for Castro.

“I remember being excited when Castro made the revolution in Cuba,” Sanders said in the interview.

Sanders is referencing the revolution led by Castro that would force 1.2 million Cubans to flee their home country for safety and freedom. Many Cubans relied on homemade rafts to float the 90 miles to the Florida coast to seek refuge from the authoritarian regime that stripped Cuban citizens of their basic civil rights.

Sanders leaned into his support for Castro’s revolution later in the interview.

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“You may recall back in, what was it, 1961, they invaded Cuba and everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world and that all the Cuban people were gonna rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro,” Sanders said in the interview. “They had forgotten that he’d educated their kids, given them healthcare, totally transformed the society… you know, not to say that Fidel Castro or Cuba are perfect. They are certainly not. But, just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people, does not mean to say that the people in their own nations feel the same way. So they expected this tremendous uprising in Cuba, It never came.”

While the uprising Sanders said was anticipated didn’t materialize, what did materialize was a genuine fear among Cuban people about the safety of their families. Millions of people left everything and everyone they knew behind because the unknown of fleeing Cuba held more promise than staying behind. The Cuban government, led by Castro, took all material possessions from the Cuban people and transformed the lives of millions for the worst.

This isn’t the first time Sanders has been made to answer for his comments praising Castro’s revolution.

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The controversial interview made an appearance during Sanders’ 2016 campaign when he was running against Hillary Clinton. During one of the debates, Sanders was questioned about the interview.

“It would be wrong not to state in Cuba they have made some good advances in health care,” Sanders said during the debate.

“They are sending doctors all over the world. They have made some progress in education,” Sanders said. “I think by restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba, it will result in significant improvements to the lives of Cubans and it will help the United States.”

Sanders’ comments about Cuba’s government will continue to follow him, especially on social media.

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Socialism has a negative connotations for many Americans who think of Cuba and Venezuela as examples. While those government hide behind the label of Socialism, they are much more Communist. We have seen examples of Democratic Socialism throughout Europe with positive results. However, the label of Democratic Socialist have proved to be difficult obstacles to overcome for both Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

You can watch the full interview below.

The statements by Sanders about the Castro revolution might be steeped in the misconception Cuba has long pushed into the world. It is important to understand that the revolution forced millions of people to leave their homes like we are currently seeing in Central America. Desperate people landed around the world hoping for a better life and the freedom they saw dying in Cuba.

Has Sanders changed his mind about the Castro revolution? Certainly, he will have to answer for this again as he runs for president in 2020.

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People Have Opinions About Netflix's "The Perfect Date"

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People Have Opinions About Netflix’s “The Perfect Date”

Welp, the highly anticipated Netflix movie “The Perfect Date” is officially streaming, and with it, is the Twitter commentary. IMDB rated the film a 5.9/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 82 percent rating. Needless to say, folks are split on where they stand on another Netflix film featuring The Internet’s Boyfriend, Noah Centineo.

The rom-com is based off a screenplay written by two men, Steve Bloom, and Randall Green, and was advertised as starring our Brazilian bae, Camila Mendes. Here’s what people loved and hated about the movie.

Noah Centineo is an Internet favorite.

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Of course, at this point, you can put Noah Centineo in any movie and the crowds will come through. While we’ve seen Centineo play Latino roles in the past, it looks like he’s representing his authentic Italian ethnicity in this role.

No really, Noah Centineo is the biggest pull for this movie.

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Since its airing, it’s come out that Zac Efron was being considered to play his character, Brooks Rattigan. Personally, we’re glad Zac Efron is past playing high school students.

Laura Marano is done with Disney and debuts on Netflix as Celia Lieberman.

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Marano is best known from Disney’s Austin & Ally as Ally. In The Perfect Date (TPD), we meet her character, Celia, when Brooks plays chaperone and picks her up for a school dance.

Then, Brooks turns “chaperoning” into a full-fledged app-based business.

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Celia jokingly tells him he could make a lot of money off of “chaperoning troubled rich girls” to events. He actually gets an app developed to do that and starts becoming whoever his dates want him to be as an attempt to pay for Yale.

People also love that the women in TPD value their self-worth more than a crush.

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The movie has all the tropes of a classic rom-com (read: the dramatic breakup at prom, the awkward moment when the slow song comes on and the soulmate hiding in plain sight all along with plot). It also includes female characters who can simultaneously have a crush on a boy and realize he’s not right for her at the moment.

We got some solid female empowerment lines out of Celia:

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“Why is it in high school that we have to do everything perfectly?” Yup, Celia truly had all the best lines. Caption: “celia lieberman damn said it #ThePerfectDate”

And new takes on classic scenes:

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In Sixteen Candles, that dance floor was far from empty. As they walk into the school dance, you see everyone taking group selfies, twirling their phones on the tables, and absolutely not dancing.

Caption: “shes speaking my mind #ThePerfectDate”

We loved everything Camila Mendes.

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If you’re like me or @veronzzxx, you “Watched ‘The Perfect Date’ just for Camila Mendes. xoxo 💋

And that Mendes’ character was more developed than Brooks’.

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She knew exactly what career she wanted and how to get it, while Brooks was discovering his own authenticity.

@zmdpio tweeted, “I thought camila mendes was the leading lady of noah centineo on the perfect date, they would have been a perfect match”

And that the women aren’t tolerating any shadiness from the men.

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Everything Brooks had told Mendes’ character, Shelby, until this moment was a lie. Telling the truth once isn’t where Shelby’s bar is set. Honesty is the only policy.

When Brooks immediately goes to Celia post-rejection, she’s not having it either.

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He asks her to dance and she says, “no.” She doesn’t want to be his second choice and sees that he’s not a healthy choice for her.

Fans of Austin and Ally especially loved that moment.

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Because Marano and Centineo have performed this scene together before–on Disney. That time, Ally asked Dallas to dance with her and he rejected her. It’s a good plot twist.

Spoiler: the two end up together and it’s a full circle moment for young fans.

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Dallas and Ally did break up and the two actors went off to do bigger and better things, only to find themselves as a grown-up couple on set! All we need is for them to get together IRL and  🤯 .

Twitter users were upset that “Camila Mendes’ character was too small to be promoted so much.”

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If you saw any promos of the film, you likely saw this photo of Camila Mendes, whose fandom was seemingly exploited. We saw Camila perform just a handful of lines as the prized rich, beautiful, popular girl in Brooks’ eyes.

If you watched the trailer, you probably saw 50 percent of Camila Mendes’ lines.

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We feel you, @shesagift. Another user, @spideysffh, agreed:

“I just watched the perfect date for camila mendes ONLY but oh god 🤢 how many times are they gonna make the same movie with slightly tweaked scripts and different actors”

Aside from catfishing us with Mendes’, people had other reasons to dislike the movie.

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@Jessica_Brough agreed, responding with “It’s somehow the very worst thing on Netflix??? I hated almost every minute??”

The “QPOC Best Friend” stereotype gave everything to his friend, only to be treated like garbage.

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@NiellahArboine tweeted, “I don’t know why it took me so long to clock but after watching The Perfect Date, I realised Netflix originals really enjoy having black queer characters as the best friend/ secondary character to the white protagonist, can they not just be the lead…? Murph literally gives this boy an app and Brooks just takes it AND the money from it.”

Can you spot the Latino “costume”?

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Dressing up like a cowboy or like 1980’s John Travolta is a costume. Dressing up as the trope of an entire ethnicity is offensive.

We’re all waiting for the post-premiere promotions y nada ni nada.

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Camila Mendes has only retweeted a promotion that includes her as one of three stars (that’s fake news). Laura Marano has asked fans what they think. Netflix has barely promoted the film.

So we leave it up to you. What did you think?

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Have you seen The Perfect Date yet? What did you think? Do you ship it? Would you recommend it?

 

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