Thursday, September 3, 2009

Former Playboy model backs off Castro comments

Audrey O'Day is an ex-Playboy model, singer and reality TV star. But Perez Hilton prefers another title: "Skanky."
Looks like O'Day supports Obama

Former Playboy model Aubrey O'Day, caught up in controversy after calling Fidel Castro "incredibly brilliant," now suggests the former Cuban president has used his brainpower for "evil purposes."
O'Day is one of thousands of Americans who have traveled to Cuba through the Semester at Sea program.
As of January 2004, the SS Universal Explorer had journeyed to Cuba 10 times, taking nearly 7,000 Semester at Sea students to the island, program officials told Cuban journalists at the time.
On at least seven of those visits, the Semester at Sea students met with Castro. Cuban media quoted Max Brandt, executive dean of the Semester at Sea program, as saying that these young people could raise awareness about economic sanctions against Cuba and perhaps influence American public opinion.

O'Day's experience in Cuba evidently impressed her. She was on Sean Hannity’s show over the weekend and said of Fidel Castro:
I’m not defending his behavior in many instances, but I do have to say that I will 100 percent agree he’s an incredibly brilliant man.

Check out the hair

O'Day's comments drew immediate criticism. So she did some quick explaining in a statement that said, in part:
Murderers and dictators generally are some of the smartest people out there — they just use their brain power for evil purposes I don’t condone any of their evil behavior, but I was asked about their intellectual firepower …
Photo credits: I snatched most of these pictures from The Insider. I don't have any of the photo credits, but can pretty much guarantee you I didn't take any of these pics.

Along the Malecon's Fidel Castro page
Former Semester at Sea student Lee Ryan Miller's online journal about his experiences in Cuba.

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