Elian's Miami home has been turned into shrine
October 22, 2001 9:14 AM   Subscribe

Elian's Miami home has been turned into shrine by relatives in Florida to counter the Cuban museum to the "battle of ideas" in Elian's home town of Cardenas that recalls Cuba's version of the Elian story.
posted by danec (8 comments total)
It's about time. Just wait before the "relatives" start charging a price to visit the museum.

Just another example of how people, no matter how serious or grave the event is, will always find a way to gain profit or popularity.

Same goes for Castro. Turning a mother deprived child into a national interest. Shame on you old man, you rascal you from the country that makes the best cigars :)
posted by adnanbwp at 9:22 AM on October 22, 2001

Who's Elian, and why should we care?
posted by Rastafari at 9:28 AM on October 22, 2001

Please don't remind us of this terrible story!
posted by flip at 9:31 AM on October 22, 2001

I can't imagine even one person visiting this stupid "museum." Acually, I take that back. There are so many poeple who eat this kind of thing up. It will probably be wildly successful. How depressing.
posted by aacheson at 9:48 AM on October 22, 2001

See, this is why the Cuban exile community should just be arrested en masse. Their older generation is simply insane, and they're polluting our relations with Cuba.
posted by aramaic at 9:55 AM on October 22, 2001


Now that you have made the distinction, I am sure Elian endorsed beads along with Elian-looking-down-on-earth-from-a-shiny-cloud T-shirts will be soon available.

Thankyou Very Much !!!
posted by adnanbwp at 10:39 AM on October 22, 2001

Damn, a potential Onion article becomes true before it's printed in the Onion.
posted by mmarcos at 2:45 PM on October 22, 2001

a museum is not a shrine

The boy's toys and clothes are on display, and many of those who make the pilgrimage to behold these sacred objects experience ecstatic religious emotions centered on Elian. Moreover, the visitors arrive steeped in an iconography of Elian delivered safely to the shore by dolphins, etc. Well...I think any anthropologist with the opportunity to study the goings-on at this place would find everything necessary to call it a shrine.
posted by Zurishaddai at 1:50 AM on October 23, 2001

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