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Che Guevara’s Celebrity: 42 Years and Counting — UPDATED

By on 10.16.09 | 10:35AM

Just in time for fall! The Che Guevara replica jacket.

...a perfect replica of the one so famously worn by Ernesto Che Guevara on his legendary motorcycle journey across Latin America in the 1950s.

I'm sorry but... are you kidding me?

Where is the replica of Hitler's frock worn as a struggling artist? What about Pol Pot's replica boots from when he was a simple road builder in Yugoslavia? Surprisingly, the "before they were stars" collections of Lee Malvo, Timothy McVeigh, and Jim Jones haven't hit the stores... yet.

But I'm optimistic (and horrified).

I can't wait for the Che-people to get his fragrance out on the market. How about a name like Brutal Death to Thousands of Innocent People. Maybe that's too long. I'm sure they'll figure it out.

All I know is, 42 years ago this month, the vaunted "Che" was gunned down in Bolivia, and finally, we have another piece of cra... er, clothing to add to the icons pathetic (i.e., "legendary") iconography.

I wonder if he wore his jacket when he ended his romantic motorcycle ride and began his bloody rampage. Maybe the celebrated murderer of innocent men, women, and children liked to wear his jacket with the collar up. Maybe he wore it when he killed all of those people who had legitimate disagreements with his politics. Maybe he wore it when he killed all of those homosexuals. Or maybe he just wore it as he sat and pondered how to do all of that killing.

You would want/need a comfortable jacket for that.

So, if iconic murdering thugs are your kind of thing, your morals, your integrity, and your inner psychopath are just a purchase away!

UPDATE:

J-Crew has removed language referring to

...a perfect replica of the one so famously worn by Ernesto Che Guevara on his legendary motorcycle journey across Latin America in the 1950s.


J-Crew is now sold-out of the jacket (so they say) and they have conspicuously removed the language mentioning that ol' trouble-maker Che, replacing it with:

The epitome of rugged, authentic cool, the Trialmaster is as famous amongst serious motorcyclists as it is with fashion aficionados.


Might somebody be gaining a conscience?

Hmmm.

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