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Not all Cuban Women are Prostitutes

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I want you all to watch this video first, before I say anything.

Done? Good. Now this is an ad campaign that Iberia airlines started (and eventually pulled) to promote a giveaway to win tickets to Cuba. Can anybody tell me what is the problem with this video?

First of all, not only do all cuban women NOT look like these women, they don’t go around half naked the way these two did, they don’t all have these oversized lips, and they don’t coddle guys the way these two do to this baby. What they are promoting in this little ad campaign are the jineteras in Cuba, which are basically women who have been forced into prostitution in order to survive. This is an insult to women, an insult to Cuban women, and it makes me mad as hell that a company like Iberia saw fit to start this ad campaign.

So what do Cuban women look like, you may ask. Well, here, this is one of my favorite divas:

and for a more real cuban woman, there’s this one…

That me, and these are my grandparents

If you want to see more images of real Cubans you can also head over to My Big Fat Cuban Family and see for yourselves, or even to Babalu Blog. But what I feel they’re promoting in this ad is not the reality of the Cuban female population that is still in Cuba, but the ones that are forced to be sex-workers in order to survive and make a living and are taunting it as something men can look forward to when they arrive in Cuba. It’s a damn shame that these women fell they need to resort to this way of life in order to survive in the first place, but for a big corporation like Iberia Airlines to be promoting this is horrific. Read the article from the Miami Herald below, and leave me your opinions.

Airline yanks ad called ‘insult’ to Cubans


Iberia Airlines yanked a promotional cartoon video off its website, featuring an infant who wins a trip to Havana and gets babied by voluptuous black beauties, after a consumer group complained the ad denigrates Cuban women.

The video posted earlier this month on the company’s website showed the baby being coddled by two black women with exaggerated full lips and wide hips squeezed into hot pants.

The women fed, massaged, fanned and danced with the infant as he sang, in an adult male voice, “Mulattas, feed me. Come on mulattas, take me to the crib.”

”It used the imagery of two sexy women of color, not nurses or home attendants . . . and the image of Cuba as the place for the male Spaniard to go and be pampered like a baby,” said Ileana Fuentes, executive director of the Miami-based Cuban Feminist Network. “If that’s not a sexual tourism ad, then I’d like to see a sexual tourism ad.”

The ad played on the stereotype that Cuba is a hotspot for single European men to find dark-skinned ”girlfriends” know as jineteras. The cartoon, part of a series of videos promoting an Iberia.com contest, was yanked from Iberia’s website but has found a new life on YouTube. Other ads featured a sheep rapping in New York and a vacuum cleaner doing the tango in Buenos Aires.

It was the Cuba cartoon that drew fire from a consumer action group, which said it was a sexist insult to Cuban tourism workers.

”Cuban tourism workers do not massage you, fan you and dance with you,” Ruben Sánchez, spokesman for the Consumers in Action Federation, said by phone from Madrid. “This ad denigrates people who work in tourism.”

He said the ad violates a 1988 Spanish law that prohibits advertising that is denigrating to groups of people. In this case, Sánchez said, the video was demeaning not only to tourism workers, but Cuban women and Cubans.

The organization complained about the ad last week and Iberia pulled it four days later, he said. Advertising professors are requesting copies so they can show them to students as an illustration of what not to do, he added.

Originally found on God is a Dyke.


Written by Lissette

May 26, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Posted in Feminism, Racism, Sexism

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  1. I remember when I first watched that video all I could do was shake my head and feel pity for them – I don’t know why folks keep saying, “ignorance is bliss.”

    Nothing blissful when it comes to complete hatred and stupidity.

    thanks 4 adding me to your blogroll i will do the same 4 you.

    Welcome Aboard!


    May 27, 2008 at 4:52 am

  2. How dare you negatively portray cuban women as “prostitutes”. I bet you are some envious white women who is afraid of losing your pedestal to cuban women, who are FAR more sexually attractive than white women. There’s nothing special about white women, and that is why white women are so afraid of other races of women, because colored women are much sexier.



    August 12, 2009 at 5:21 am

    • The only reason I approved this comment is to show the world the lack of reading skills some people have. I made my case in my post, and if this “anonymous” person actually read the post instead of jumping to conclusions, they would have read that 1) I’M A CUBAN WOMAN and 2) I was discussing negative stereotypes about Cuban women via the travel industries marketing ploys.

      So be it, I can’t expect all commenters to portray an ounce of intelligence and do something crazy like actually read the post.


      August 12, 2009 at 11:51 am

      • You are right Lissette, It is a damned shame to portray Cuban women in this fashion, for that is not the truth !
        But hey! ” sex sells”, even if this Iberia . com has to portray an entire race as prostitutes.
        By the way , do you happen to be my second cousin from Cuba ? Is your dad called Chicho ?
        Take care, Luie Ferrer

        Luis Ferrer

        November 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

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