Trump's new Mexico envoy stirs hornet's nest with Frida Kahlo jab

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The brand new U.S. ambassador to Mexico has taken intention at Mexican icon Frida Kahlo for her help of Marxism, stirring up a fierce social media debate with a tweet asking if the painter had not been conscious of atrocities dedicated within the title of that ideology.

Few Mexicans have loved better world recognition than Kahlo, who spent lengthy intervals bedridden after a visitors accident in her youth, attained worldwide fame following her loss of life in 1954 and have become a feminist image within the 1970s.

She created some 200 work, sketches and drawings – primarily self-portraits – through which she reworked her misfortune into works of daring coloration.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau, who was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in final month, should navigate a unstable bilateral relationship. Trump continuously berates Mexico over commerce and immigration.

Not shying away from controversy himself, Landau took to Twitter on Sunday throughout a go to to Kahlo’s home, now a museum within the colonial-era Mexico Metropolis neighborhood of Coyoacan.

“I love her free and bohemian spirit, and he or she rightly turned an icon of Mexico round the entire world. What I don’t perceive is her apparent ardour for Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism. Did not she know concerning the horrors dedicated within the title of that ideology?” he wrote in Spanish.

Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, embraced Marxism and supported Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, after initially backing his rival, revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Stalin is now extensively held accountable for the deaths of thousands and thousands of individuals, many within the Gulag community of labor camps.

Landau’s tweet drew a combination of responses. A few of the 1,600 feedback have been supportive, and accused the federal government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of rising from the identical Marxist custom.

Landau’s following on the web platform jumped to greater than 76,000 on Monday from about 40,000 earlier than the tweet.

Others have been clearly irked, and blasted the USA for its lengthy historical past of interfering within the inside affairs of Latin America and different international locations across the globe, usually to counter socialist governments.

“Within the title of preventing that ideology, the U.S. killed kids in Vietnam by bombing whole villages and supporting dictatorships all through Latin America,” mentioned person @Quetzalcoaltl1.

The Mexican Communist Occasion weighed into the talk, saying: “Ambassador Landau, Comrade Frida was according to humanism, the seek for democracy and freedom of Mexico’s employees and other people, and due to this fact she was a Marxist-Leninist, and naturally Stalin’s admirer. Do not present your ignorance anymore, imitating Trump.”

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico mentioned it didn’t have additional remark concerning the debate.

(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Enhancing by Peter Cooney)

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