BUENOS AIRES – Tomás Loggia, medical student at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, recently returned from a trip to Uruguay sporting a Che Guevara t-shirt, on several levels of irony still being calculated by friends and family.
Loggia, who is indeed a Marxist, though not affiliated with the best Marxist organisation in Argentina, the PCR, had purchased the t-shirt with at least three levels of irony in mind:
“I saw a young man in Cordón wearing a Che Guevara shirt, and he looked like such a terrible bourgeois hipster, and I thought, he must be doing it ironically. How funny would it be if I were to buy such a shirt and wear it myself, as a Marxist, making fun of non-Marxists wearing Che Guevara shirts, especially those bourgeois hipsters who are only doing it ironically. And ironically, I’m also bourgeois by class background, and doing a kind of ironic hipster thing, but ironically, I’m a Marxist, but appropriating… I mean… do you see what I did there?”
Loggia’s girlfriend, one Ms. Sofía Bergman, considered it fairly ironic that Loggia thinks anyone would appreciate any levels of irony in his shirt distinct from the level on which Loggia understood the Montevidean hipster’s fashion choice.
“Maybe that’s it?” she offered desperately, “Maybe he’s ironically ironically wearing this ironic t-shirt because he knows no one will appreciate the irony?”
Loggia’s younger brother Sergio pointed out that like the famous revolutionary, his elder brother is studying medicine at UBA, “but is that ironic? Or just a coincidence?”
On a related note, Loggia’s childhood friend Juan Romero [editorial note: no relation] spent about an hour trying to calculate if the t-shirt’s irony will increase, decrease, or remain the same depending on whether Loggia completes his studies and becomes a bourgeois doctor. At time of press, Romero was reading about motor scooters on Wikipedia following a series of Wikipedia tangents.
Others have noted additional levels of irony: Loggia’s maternal aunt noted the irony of her nephew’s ironic purchase as a communist, not because of that stupid misconception that communists purchasing things is somehow “ironic”, but because Loggia is advertising a non-existent guerrilla affiliation as a joke in public in the same city where her first lover was disappeared by the Argentine state on suspicion of working closely with the ERP at a time when Marxists took great care to conceal even the faintest hint of their views and affiliations.
His body has not been recovered to this day.
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