Special Feature an In-depth Interview
By Moises Ravelo
I knew straight away that I was going to like interviewing Alejandro Wolff mainly because he is a Cuban like me only that I was raised in “Hialeah-vana” and he was born and raised in Cuba. No matter if you were born here or there I am and always will be a Cuban American. This is how destiny decided it and who am I to fight it.
Alejandro is an interesting man having been a lawyer in a communist country where chaos is the only law of the land that prevails. It’s a “monarchal-totalitarian-dictatorship”, so everything we know about law, justice and human rights, as North-American’s, or any other democratic first world nation, to the government of Cuba it’s just noise. Anyone, that studies law understands the basic rights and freedoms its citizens are entitled to in any country on Earth which include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property, freedom of expression, pursuit of happiness and equality before the law. Fair treatment through the normal judicial system; by due process fair treatment through the normal judicial system, especially as a citizen’s is not a gift or a favor it is an entitlement.
In Cuba you can throw all the beforementioned right out of the window or chuck into the nearest trash bin. There is no such thing. The law is as unstable as Jell-O. The law is whatever the communist judge determines based on the opinion of another communist accuser. So, as you can see, he is interesting to interview because his career as a lawyer is an impossible job to carry-out with judicial integrity to the truth. You are utilized as just another puppet in the puppet show theater of the legal system. Also, going against any injustice you are ordered to do or say for the sake of “the revolution” is tantamount to being accused as a counter revolutionist and therefore an enemy of the state which carries a penalty of a sentence of life in prison. So, I asked him, “was this the reason, you left home, family, career and everything including your education that you worked and study hard to get? He responded emphatically, “Yes, although at no moment in my career did I feel I was in danger because we were trained and educated under the standards of law of ‘the revolution’ and so as long as you didn’t go against the grain; I was safe. However, I did leave for the pursuit of my own personal freedom, my rights, to escape the poverty and the stranglehold the government had over me; like they have all of the citizens of Cuba. This was a difficult decision for me, but one I will never regret nor ever wish to undo – best thing I ever did.”
I then asked, “When did you realize that social media was a marketing tool? He responded, “it was when I started using Instagram, I thought it was a fun app to post pictures and to see friends and family pics. Until, I started to notice people’s reactions towards me, then it dawned on me, this app was more than I thought, I began to notice how it functioned, better as a marketing tool. Especially, when I was offered to model underwear with the proviso that I post photos wearing them on Instagram. I knew then I was an Influencer.” I said in turn, “an Ultimate Influencer by now.”
I then asked the obvious question, “so, that was the moment of your awakening?” He said with vigor, “ABSOLUTELY! And from then on, I decided that if I ever wanted to sell or market anything like t-shirts or any other miscellaneous products that this was a vehicle in which to do it so long as I grew my fan base. And, so, I set out to do just that.”
I asked him, “so Alejandro your previous answer begs the question how did you set about growing your fan base? He responded sheepishly, “well, by improving my image and being as sexy as Instagram would allow, holding nothing back, because I was determined that this was a business and for now the product was me, but tomorrow when I have grown a considerably sized fan base large enough to peddle successfully any product I wish or choose it to be, then I will reap the benefits of its rewards for my efforts.”
Do you enjoy the sexual attention that your photos and videos provoke? I asked. He said with what I could only imagine through the phone was a Dr. Seuss grin, “yes! I love it but it doesn’t change who I am, and anyone who says no to that question is lying, there is a normal self-esteem boost and sense of self confidence, which I believe to be healthy and a good sensation to feel desirable and sexy.”
ALEJANDRO WOLF a/k/a guessrey