Last Thursday, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said "no political content was ever supplied by anyone working on this project or running it. It was the people — the Cuban people on the ground who were doing so."
But in an interview Tuesday, Lauzan said he does only political work.
In a series of linked messages, obtained by The Associated Press, Lauzan had imagined Cuban President Raul Castro teaming with the now-deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a pop act who would dance the "perreo," a twerk-like Caribbean dance associated with the tropical genre reggaeton, and record songs with titles mocking their countries' economic and social policies.
Said one text: "'The economy is not our thing' by the Hugo and Raul duo is already a hit."
The messages, written in Spanish and presented here in translation, are full of puns, cultural references and in-jokes that would mystify most outsiders but would be readily understandable by islanders.
Here is a sample of the messages Lauzan wrote for ZunZuneo:
THE BACKWARDS WORLD
54% of Americans think Michael Jackson is alive and 86% of Cubans think Fidel Castro is dead.
GRAB THE CLAWS!
Fidel Castro Ruz's nails are cut after fifty-one years. They will be donated in Formal Ceremony to the Museum of Manicurevolution.
(Note: "Manicurevolution" is a play on "manicure" and Havana's Museum of the Revolution.)
Latest: Cuban dies of electrical shock from laptop. "I told you so," declares a satisfied Ramiro. "Those machines are weapons of the enemy!"
(Note: Ramiro Valdes is a Cuban vice president and former communications minister who once famously described the Internet as a "wild colt" that "should be tamed.")
Hot news! Latest!: Cuba YES, laptops NO! Ramiro, firm: "We are too old and revolutionary for that, dude, the cellphone is enough for us!"
FROM RUMBA TO REGGAETUMBA
The coma-andante testified in "Hysteria will Bury me" his desire to be buried with MP3 of Baby Lores.
NO: TOO POLITICAL (Apparent rejection of this text)
(Note: "Coma-andante" is a pun on "comandante," the honorific commonly attributed to Fidel Castro; the Spanish-language play on words translates roughly to "walking comatose," a dig at Castro's age and shaky health in recent years. "Hysteria will Bury me" references Castro's revolutionary prison manifesto, "History will absolve me." Baby Lores is another reggaeton singer.)
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