Humberto Fontova

Ms Alonso was born in Cuba, raised in Venezuela and became a U.S. citizen in 2005. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara destroyed her native country and Hugo Chavez destroyed her first adopted country. In brief: “Been there-seen that,” is her horrified reaction to socialism. "I like the way he (Donnelly) wants the government to stay away from our lives," she told Megyn Kelly. "You know, it's our lives, it's our decisions to do with our lives whatever we want. We should not depend on government…when you have to depend on a government, that's what they want, to control you. And that's communism."

Alas, given her ethnic heritage and profession Ms Alonso is also branded as a “Hollywood Latina.” This media branding, as everyone knows, implies a very rigid code of conduct, thought and speech. And endorsing a Tea-Party political candidate grotesquely violates all the implied vows of her profession.

“What was she thinking?” many might ask. The video-ad for Donnelly was meant as “outreach” to California “Latinos” but backfired hideously.

Oh I know, I know. We keep hearing and reading that “in polls” and among “hispanics” or “Latinos” the “illegal immigration issue” is almost trivial. But in real life it doesn’t seem to work that way. The ugliest threats and insults against Ms Alonso all referred to her immigration stance, especially her use of the term “illegal” for those who are in the U.S. illegally. Ms Alonso seems to actually endorse the laws of the nation she swore allegiance to upon becoming a citizen, if you can imagine such a heresy!

As Eliana Lopez forthrightly declared: “We’re in the middle of the (heavily Hispanic) Mission. Doing what she (Alonso) is doing is against what we believe.”

But just down the street from the Mission District’s Brava theatre a “Talking Mural” features Che Guevara.” “He dedicated his life and energy to fighting exploitation, deeply held ideals of hating injustice, and to struggling for the liberation of not only the oppressed and exploited of Latin America but oppressed masses throughout the world,” explains his bio by an outfit named “Freedom Archives,” who provides the audios for the mural.

“The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind!” raved Che Guevara. “The U.S. is ‘a carnivorous animal feeding on the helpless!”

A few more famous Che Guevaraisms:

“Against those hyenas (Americans) there is no option but extermination!”

“We will bring the war to the imperialist enemies’ (Americans) very home, to his places of work and recreation. The imperialist enemy (Americans) must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him!

“We must keep our hatred (against the U.S.) alive and fan it to paroxysm!”

“The U.S. is the perpetrator of exploitation and oppression against all the peoples of the world!”

“If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City. The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.

Unlike Alonso and Donnelly’s support for U.S. laws—which provoked a firestorm of protests from Mission’s residents and Brava’s producers-- none of the above observations and admonitions by a Stalinist mass-murderer seem to violate “what we (The Mission District ) believes.” Furthermore, back in 2008 the very Brava Theatre that booted Alonso proudly showcased the movie “Chevolution,” a glorification of Che produced in partnership with Castro’s propaganda ministry. Apparently this communist propaganda film meshed perfectly with “what we believe,” in the Mission District.

Alas, neither Chevolution nor The Talking Mural features the above Guevaraisms. They also omit one that should be of immense interest to San Francisco’s “Latino” community:

“Mexicans are a rabble of illiterate Indians.” (Ernesto “Che” Guevara, May 1956)

Humberto Fontova

Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit