By now, you probably know that longtime Cuban autocrat Fidel Castro died late last week at the age of 90. You may also know that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a rather strange statement about his passing, which praised Castro for his leadership while barely alluding to the various human rights infractions that characterized a long and sometimes brutal dictatorship. The statement, which you can read in full below, spawned the Twitter hashtag #TrudeauEulogies, wherein users whitewashed history’s (and fiction’s) worst villains with tepid praise, spinning their atrocities as wonderful achievements. As such, Hitler became an important symbol for suicide awareness, and Osama Bin Laden made unparalleled contributions to airport security. You get the point. Check out the gallery to the right to read the 26 funniest #TrudeaEulogies tweets, and bear in mind that some of these get pretty dark—history can be ugly, even when used in a humorous context. Enjoy!
Here is Trudeau’s full statement:
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.
“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”
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