'My family comes from communism, they fled communism, they had everything taken away from them'
Before Pitbull was a world-renowned Grammy Award-winning rapper with a net worth of
, he was best known as Armando Christian Pérez. The first-generation Cuban American whose family escaped the iron-fisted rule of Fidel Castro gives a stark warning about communism rising in the United States.
Pitbull's grandmother initially fought in the Cuban revolutionary war on the side of Castro, but once he took power, she realized that she had made a grave mistake. In the early 1960s, there were rumors swirling in Cuba that Castro was going to round-up children and place them in communist indoctrination centers.
Pitbull's grandmother sent her two daughters to the United States during
Operation Peter Pan
, a covert program that brought 14,000 Cuban children to the U.S. between 1960 to 1962 at the height of the Cold War. Pitbull's mother and aunt were taken to Florida, where the rapper's father would also land after fleeing from Fidel.
"My grandmother fought in the [Cuban] revolutionary war actually with Castro, because everybody thought that Batista was corrupt," Pitbull told
in 2009. "I'm not saying that he wasn't, but it's almost like the lesser of two evils. [When she became disillusioned with the Castro government], my mother and my aunt got sent off in an operation called Peter Pan without their parents. She didn't see her mother for seven years. As far as my father – he came over also. He didn't come in the Peter Pan, but they fled the country."
Pitbull appeared on
, a music-oriented digital cable television network founded by Sean "Diddy" Combs, where he discussed the dangers of communism.
"My family comes from communism, they fled communism, they had everything taken away from them, everybody got murdered, everybody got killed," Pitbull
. "That's the reason me, being a first-generation Cuban American, I look at freedom and I appreciate that s***. I appreciate opportunity. That comes from the fact that Castro took over everything."
Pérez noted that Fidel Castro would have been jealous of the global lockdowns because of how easily governments were able to get widespread compliance with the effectiveness of the coronavirus lockdowns. Pitbull says that Castro had to have missiles pointed at the U.S. to gain power.
Pitbull talked about big tech censorship and likened it to communism.
"If anybody is not a part of the narrative we gonna take it off online... which to me smells like... communism," Pérez said.
He told people to stop being "worried about followers and likes, and whose on TikTok and Instagram."
Pitbull also brought up several conspiracy theories about the coronavirus during the interview.
Pitbull, AKA "Mr. Worldwide," has said that he would never play a concert in Cuba as long as the communist Castros are in charge of the country.
"I won't perform in Cuba until there's no more Castro and there's a free Cuba," Pitbull told
"To me, Cuba's the biggest prison in the world, and I would be very hypocritical were I to perform there," he explained. "The people in Cuba, they know what I stand for, and there's a lot of people in Cuba that stand for the same. But they can't say it."
Pérez had strong words against anyone wearing a T-shirt with Marxist Revolutionary guerrilla leader, who is beloved by many liberals and leftists. "It's like wearing an Adolf Hitler T-shirt and not knowing," he stated. "You're gonna offend a lot of people."
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