When did “Che” and “Mao” become trendy? When did fashion designers decide that it was cool to put faces and symbols of mass-murdering Marxists on clothing?
Cameron Diaz definitely made a fashion statement in Peru- but just like many of her Leftist (Marxist?) cronies in Hollywood, not a very wise statement.
The AP reported:
Actress Cameron Diaz appears to have committed a major fashion faux pas in Peru.
The voice of Princess Fiona in the animated “Shrek” films may have inadvertently offended Peruvians who suffered decades of violence from a Maoist guerrilla insurgency by touring here Friday with a bag emblazoned with one of Mao Zedong’s favorite political slogans.
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While explored the Inca city of Machu Picchu high in Peru’s Andes, Diaz wore over her shoulder an olive green messenger bag emblazoned with a red star and the words “Serve the People” printed in Chinese on the flap, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao’s most famous political slogan.
While the bags are marketed as trendy fashion accessories in some world capitals, the phrase has particular resonance in Peru, where the Maoist Shining Path insurgency brought Peru to edge of chaos in the 1980s and early 1990s with a campaign of massacres, assassinations and bombings.
Nearly 70,000 people were killed during the insurgency.