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Fidel Castro & Le Duan on Hanoi street in modern Quang Tri after its liberation from the puppet government of South Vietnam

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@SeanAloysiusOBrien @Sylvhem sorry my "french person being a dipshit" and "homonationalism" alarm bells went off at the same time and i think this was to blame

@RussellsBarbershopQuartet Reminding people that Fidel Castro was not really just a cool guy is being a dipshit now?

@SeanAloysiusOBrien No, I don’t like to do “imperialism rainbow style”. It’s possible to be against Western imperialism and still be critical of countries that have been attacked by it.

@Sylvhem @SeanAloysiusOBrien haha yeah what was the USA's record on gay people like at the time again? or France's during the same period?

@RussellsBarbershopQuartet What? It’s a contest of which country is the most shitty? I know full well that my country is shit. A few years back, castration was still the only way for us trans people to have our gender officially acknowledge. Same sex couples can only be married since 2013. My sisters still got murdered just for being trans. As a trans woman and an activist, I don’t need you to now that my country is shitty.

@SeanAloysiusOBrien

@RussellsBarbershopQuartet But that doesn’t make blindly glorifying a dictator who put gay people in working camps OK in my book.

@SeanAloysiusOBrien

@Sylvhem @SeanAloysiusOBrien Castro softened, apologized, repealed the laws, and decriminalized homosexuality later in his life so like, yeah, I'd like it if you didn't just blindly repeat bullshit anticommunist talking points

@RussellsBarbershopQuartet Yeah he did, he even vaguely apologized in 2010, only 40 years later. Wow!
I don’t “blindly repeat bullshit anticommunist talking points”. I just think it’s good to be also a bit critical of dictatorships 😬. You know, even when they do made social progress.

@SeanAloysiusOBrien

@RussellsBarbershopQuartet I will.
Now, if you don’t mind, I don’t really want to keep that conversation going. I think I’ve already said all the things I could.

@SeanAloysiusOBrien

@SeanAloysiusOBrien not a cell phone in sight. just people living in the moment

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