Pepe Billete's Open Letter to Elian Gonzalez

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Dear Elian,

I'm writing to offer you a bit of the wisdom that was passed down to me by my Cuban abuelos, because after reading your comments in the interview you recently gave on the heels of your trip to Ecuador, I think it's the least I can do for you, short of actually flying to Ecuador y regalandote una buena pata por culo. It comes in the form of an old Spanish proverb that reads:

"Calladito, te ves más bonito."

Like most insightful things in life, the beauty of that statement lies in its simplicity. It's a lesson I was taught early in my life, but remains just as valid now as when I first heard it at 5 years old. It's also one that you seem to have been denied in your 20 years of life.

See also: Pepe Billete's Guide to Celebrating Hugo Chavez's Death In the 305

I've seen the pictures of you in your military dress uniform, and read your comments praising the Cuban revolution with the same amount of emotion I feel cuando se me va un peo. As a matter of fact I, like most of Miami's exile community, wrote it off as yet another inevitable tragedy resulting from your deportation to a country only interested in using you as a pawn to further its cause. You were still innocent in my eyes. I couldn't hold you accountable for what you were saying. After all, you can't expect to get chicken salad from chicken shit.

But as I read on, something you said in the middle of all that propagandist nonsense stuck out and hit me harder than una pata en los huevos. Something you said showed me everything I ever needed to know about your character, and spoke more about your worth and integrity as a man than anything you could ever consciously concoct. Once again, like most insightful things in life, the beauty was in its simplicity. It was when you said:

"I don't profess to have any religion, but if I did, my God would be Fidel Castro. He is like a ship that knew to take his crew on the right path."

The psychology behind a statement like that does a great job of stripping you of the childish innocence and naivete you've been afforded throughout the years. It's not because I'm some hard-line member of the exile community that believes any talk of political softening on the island is akin to blasphemy. In all honesty, yo no soy politico ni un carajo, and I identify myself as an American with Cuba representing the root of my cultural heritage. But I have such admiration and appreciation for the struggle my parents, mis abuelos and the rest of la vieja guardia fought to overcome, que me quedo calladito when passionate topics concerning the island arise, even if something they're saying seems outdated to me and in spite of the fact que ya yo tengo bastante pelo en el culo pa poder decir lo que me de la gana. I still hold my tongue. That comes from knowing my place and recognizing que yo no pase lo que ellos sufrieron, and it's because of their struggle that I get to live such a comfortable life. It's called respect.

Respect is the foundation character and integrity are built on. Respect reveals humility, and showing respect conveys to the world that you are indeed worthy of receiving it. When you said that Fidel Castro would be your god if you were religious, you went so far beyond your duty as either a good communist or un descarado greasing the political wheels to maintain the amenities bestowed upon you by the party that you managed to make yourself unworthy of the respect of even those to whom you were pandering. Such a bombastic and weighty statement gained you no extra food rations or improved living quarters. You weren't given any extra Internet privileges, money, or access to restricted areas. In fact, those rules never really applied to you to begin with.

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GeorgiaBulldog
GeorgiaBulldog

You are obviously a communist who was educated to read and write English so you could spread your love of communism to the English speaking world. Pepe Billete make a great case against Elian Gonzalez, an ungrateful coward who has no regards for his mother who gave her life so that he could have a better life. You should be ashamed of yourself for all of the garbage that you wrote here. As long as there is no democracy in Cuba there will be red blooded Cubans around the world who will oppose the dictatorship.

ric009
ric009

I'm so sick and tired of Cubans victimizing themselves while receiving special treatment from this country, and hypocritically hating on other immigrants' rights. While it might be bad in Cuba, it is far worse in any other 3rd world country, for instance in Africa where children are dying of aids and machetes everyday, or the millions that die every year trying to make it to USA. Cuba ranks higher in healthcare, and education than here, and I understand that the people are under constant struggle, but so is the rest of the 3rd world. This is nothing but a pathetic, BIASED, and Ignorant point of view that is way outdated. Stop crying about Castro and tell the US to stop the embargo which is the main war against the Cuban people. Then you will see that the quality of life get better.

encinomar
encinomar

The kid has definitely been brainwashed, as anybody with half a brain knew would happen once he went back to Cuba--the Castro people invested too much in him not to get their money's worth. But no, he did not have to make that absolute howler of a statement, and his minders may be pissed he went that far. It makes him look like a zombified cult job, which is not good for Castro PR. Cuba is a miserable, oppressive shithole (certainly for ordinary Cubans, especially those with nobody to support them from outside), but it's not as bad as North Korea, where the dictator IS god and everybody had better worship like a cult member. In other words, unless we're talking Pyongyang, even totalitarian regimes have to respect some limits and use a little finesse when it comes to propaganda--if they don't, it becomes counterproductive, like a bad joke. Anyhow, Elián is a sad puppy no matter how you slice it, but I suppose that's what comes out of a no-win situation.

Takuan Yamato
Takuan Yamato

Looks like a typical old Cuban pendejo, talking shit out of his ugly face.

Carlos Spicy-Weiner
Carlos Spicy-Weiner

Elian seemed to be pretty happy to me! Its good to be a Prince among peasants!!

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

Chad Everette - Pepe Billete is a staple. Elian is the puppet, or so we thought. It's an issue addressed in the article and ... It's a pretty good read.

MUpthegrov
MUpthegrov

Well said and very well written. Some dumb hippies posting here believe one should "not judge", but it is the ability to judge right from wrong what allows us to progress and keeps us out of trouble. Elian is definitely an ungrateful punk. I hadn't even considered the point that praising Castro would equate to insulting his mother.

marsman10x
marsman10x

This sick Castro-Cuban totalitarian phenomenon,cannot be understood without making an allowance for the thesis that some sick-ass part of that fiefdom consists of people who actively want tyranny: either to exercise it themselves, or even more bizarre and perverse, like this little pussy, to submit to it.  Calladito they cannot do, they hate us too much, they know our parents were right to get the fuck out of that prison, just like we do, it makes them rabid that we live in a nation were we can send Castro/Obama/Bush to fuc-k y que pinga pasa,  They cannot do "calladito", they hate el exilio way to much or that (but love la ley de ajuste our viejitos secured for their sorry asses), its a visceral hatred, we do Brickell, or Lincoln in Acuras or Beemers, while they do el Malecon a pie, looking for some old fu-ck on Canadian Viagra to sodomize them like the bitches they are. Those are the Cuban men of the revolution, puticas, llenas de pin-ga y rencor. The only time they can pull off the calladito dance, is when they come to Miami looking for cash. Thats when they turn into Mahatma Ghandi with a Mother Teresa complex, holier than any of us, 'no hablamos de politica', but you can see it, u can see that hateful energy, el complejo, best way to knock em off that BS song and dance is to talk English to them, that is the exorcism that turns Ghandi back into el pinguerito acomplejado working the Malecon. De pingation esto. The fuc'ked up part is that they stand by and watch old Cuban ladies in white getting beaten and they don't do dick, pussy-scumbags. Not all but most of Castro's she-boys are as far removed from honor as a man can get. Like Violetica said in "Que Pasa"..."Thank God WE are NOT in Guanabacoa".   Forget the tango, but this is gonna be quite a challenge for those of us who hope to rebuild, lets see if I can hold out that long before I send them to FU-CK!



Patricia L Watt
Patricia L Watt

What a "hassle" that was. Why this? Only in the united states of Miami Fl.

albert3310
albert3310

Well said Pepe. And to all these anti-embargo people: so, you agree with the communist propaganda? Is it really the embargo or the communist system that has made Cuba worse than it was 50 years ago? What is the embargo anyways? They cant do business with the US, but they can do business and they do with everybody else. So then, according to Castro and you anti-embargoist, the only way for Cuba to progress is to do business with the "evil" capitalist USA?

Christian Fabian Robotti
Christian Fabian Robotti

You have to be a real, come mierda to think that this article is only good because of the Spanglish. This was well written and well thought out. This is a better story than 90% of the dribble that is written by these young, artless News Time 'writers.' +1 for Miami News Time. It's about time. Pun intended.

lupehdz2003
lupehdz2003

WOW!! A little while ago I wrote some similar sentiments on a Cuban fan page and reading this letter has brought tears to my eyes (the 2nd page), to think this little fuckwad's mother gave up her own life in order to give him a chance at something better and he spews all that bullshit out of that communist mouth.  He is exactly that, un mojon malagradecido, and deserves to be where he is!! And 10 to 1 he has no "perks" he probably cleans his ass with El Granma newspaper.  

losnapoles
losnapoles

Coñooo Pepe$ usted my fren si se la comio. Lo pusistes en su lugar. Ahora voy yo a recordar lo que me dijo mi abuela: En boca cerrada no entran moscas. You said it all very well. I loved the Spanglish post. Yeah baby, Miami New Times do keep listening  to us readers, those that have been in this country longer than we lived in Cuba. Una que se mudo del 305 que vive en el 352. Azucarrr!

mia305856
mia305856

Conyooo...Pepe te la comiste, hay que decirle UD ES UN BRAVO from 305 at an 856 territory.

civicoayax
civicoayax

i really sorry  for his mom se murio en vano la pobrecita debe estar sufriendo desde el cielo en lo que la putica esa se ha dejado convertir punk 

Joy Mitchell
Joy Mitchell

@ Nasja Kos, nothing in that kids life is right. anyone who kept up with the whole story knew from the beginning the he would become Castro s pet.but thr prick here is Elians jealous father who couldn't stand the fact the his son would live a really good life here while he was eating old rotten food in Cuba with no airconditioning and ragged clothes and all the other bullshit you have to deal with just to survive in that fidal ruined country.

San Tiago
San Tiago

I love the New Times. Why they keep giving this idiot an outlet to spew his illiterate crap is beyond me. New Times please pay attention to all of your readers, not just the ones that think Spanglish and a puppet is funny.

diack
diack

Well said Pepe.  Elian = Otro Cubano Comepinga.  Shame there are so many of them.  If Elian were here he would have been another dick head with tight denims, pointy shoes and a Hollister shirt, talking about how good it was back home, id rather stayed in the shithole that is Cuba.   Pa la Pinga con este mamatranca.

Eddie Carreras
Eddie Carreras

Great article,, when that boy was sent back,I knew this would happen yeard later,Casro is probably rotting away and doesn't even know this kid anymore,maybe he should talk to the families of the people that his "god" destroyed,tortured,and now the island is rotting. I hope he enjoys being Castro's bitch.

JLMartinez
JLMartinez

Well said Pepe! Te la comiste! For anyone interested in helping the real situation in Cuba, I invite you to visit www.connectcuba.org. I encourage you to watch the video and support the disconnected, so they can have the opportunity to read interesting pieces like this, just like us.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


to Pepe Billete Because the mob running Cuba was so much better than castro

Nasja Kos
Nasja Kos

The fact that something is written well doesn't mean it's right, I don't understand how people get so taken away by things that were put together coherently (kind of like the thing about Obama being such a good talker--wth does that mean?!?). Just because the guy uses phrases in Spanish doesn't make the piece any more true or less false. So this kid says Fidel could be his god and all of a sudden that's worthy of writing an essay?? How is that statement any different than any other propaganda statement? Just because this guy says he crossed an imaginary line of overreaching propaganda? Like what he said is somehow different from everything else? It's all the same shit, this guy just wrote about it--it doesn't give him reign to declare what's right and wrong in this kid's life.

CoachMassyT
CoachMassyT

Pepe, as always, you make me proud!  Proud that you're a fellow Cuban American, and proud to call you a friend! <3 Chuck!

AnaCampos
AnaCampos

Wow. Rough and Brutally honest.

"Pepe Billette" I'm impressed by your tone and the point you made.

The bottom line is Elian has shown himself to be a jerk all by himself with or without the help of Castro. 

owiltz
owiltz

I originally clicked on the link to read the article thinking that it would be something cute....but wow!  I'm very impressed.  I usually don't get involved in politics, especially Cuban politics.  But as an American-born daughter of Cuban immigrants I can tell you that the article moved me.  You said everything I would have wanted to say in an open letter.  Thank you.

Sandra Lee Marzol
Sandra Lee Marzol

Amazingly written...WOW!!! No one could of said it better....

Nomore
Nomore

Umm....I'd say Pepe Billete is just as brainwashed as Elian is. Lets review. Castro screwed over a bunch of people. The United States screwed over Cuba going back to the Platt Amendment and the forming of the Cuban Republic. So where in that convoluted mess do you find Castro being directly resonsible for Elian's mothers death? Was she fleeing political persecution or embargo caused poverty? I'm sure Pepe Billete doesn't know, but it will make the drones of Miami happier if he calls out Elian and Castro, cause ya know.....Communism...and Bay of Pigs....and.....

Kristian Caro
Kristian Caro

I dont agree Jimena...hes totally right. The kid has turned out to be a prick. The line..sometimes saying nothing actually says more applies to this...what he said was disgusting and a total slap to his mother who died for him to have a better life...father or no father...his father wanted to become a father when he was returned because his son was the Golden Child now...apparently he stayed far from him before. The only parent he had did die...the wrong parent. Well said sir...well said

Jimena Zeballos
Jimena Zeballos

Wow, the wrong member of the family drowned? what an ugly thing to say! From the first day that kid went back to Cuba they worked on brainwashing him. All he knows is what has been taught to him. He is still really young and stuck in his present situation. He is being told what to say like a puppet. so that everyone is getting down about what a brainwashed 20 year old is saying and spewing some ugly vitriol is pretty ridiculous.

eg2659
eg2659

I think you think too much.

albert3310
albert3310

Embargo caused poverty? Really? It was the embargo and not the communist system that caused the poverty? Only Castro, his puppets and you who is either a communist or an ignorant believe that.

Yani5
Yani5

@Nomore I like Pepe, and I see where he is coming from, but I agree with you. 


CoachMassyT
CoachMassyT

@Nomore You're the one that sounds brainwashed. Pepe was right on the money with this one. 

Nomore
Nomore

@CoachMassyT @Nomore 


Coach....Pepe was right on the money that Castro killed his mother? Elian is probably a huge chode, and is undoubtedly a cuban government mouthpiece. But hating the kid because your abuelos told you life was better under Fulgencio Batista than Castro is another form of indoctrination. 


Lets just say the U.S lifted the embargo. What is the negative? It hasn't driven out a communist dictatorship. If anything, it has given the Castro's the permanent threat of an external threat to use as a justification for suppressing revolt. If we were to lift the embargo things like this wouldn't happen. 


Dictatorships are horrible. But look at how and why the dictatorship was created.

Yani5
Yani5

@Nomore @CoachMassyT OMG I have been saying this for YEARS, take the embargo, Castro has NO MORE excuses! 


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