Gus Exposito couldn’t believe what he saw in the marble walls of South Beach’s W Hotel: a larger-than-life framed photograph of what looked like Cuban communist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
“He was a mass murderer, killed thousands of Cubans execution-style,” Exposito, 51, wrote in an email, comparing the long-dead Fidel Castro pal to Adolf Hitler or the KKK. “I spoke to the manager and he referred to it as art!”
Turns out, it’s probably not Che. It’s another artist’s rendering of the revolutionary. But Exposito says it’s offensive nonetheless, raising the question: Is an image of an offensive image offensive? Is it art? Both?
Community answer: offensive.
Next time, remember to check with the neighbors.