Sunday, June 7, 2009

What's Eating Raúl? Or Rather What Eating the Guzanos?

What's Eating Raúl?

(A note from YFP). Since Fidel Castro defeated the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959, right-wing Cubans with the support of the United States Department of State began rumor that Fidel was gay. That rumor died before let the mouths of the fear mongers. Now, they are doing the same to Fidel's brother–Raúl. Will they ever stop with their lying?


Over the past six weeks, Americans have learned quite a bit about Raúl Castro, who took over as head of the Cuban government in late July. One thing they haven't been told, however, is something millions of Cubans have long taken for granted: that little bro is gay.

It's not a new rumor by any means, but it has flamed up again in the wake of Fidel Castro's hospitalization for intestinal bleeding. News articles on exile websites about the hand over, which may prove temporary if Fidel ever recovers, are routinely accompanied by reader comments that refer to Raúl as el maricón, a Spanish derogatory term equivalent to "faggot." Some sites claim he is bisexual (he is, after all, married with four children) or a cross-dresser, while others name his alleged partners. Asked how widespread the belief is, a member of a Cuban exile family from Miami told Radar simply, "Everyone knows Raúl is gay."

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