Castro's Unpopularity Attributed to Expulsion of Rum
From what I can gather out of these spots, the only reason people swim out of Cuba is to pursue Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 Year Old Rum, which Fidel Castro expelled in 1959.
But the high seas can be treacherous. A shark comes and eats the rum, then eats the people, and Fidel is pleased. Meanwhile, the people inside the shark party with their liquor of choice.
"They can't hear you laughing, Fidel." Quirky, like a dream dreamed while hammered. See spots:
Tagline: "Fighting equality since 1872. Expelled from Cuba in 1959."
The ads were put together by agency Kaspen of the Czech Republic. (Our Matusalem contact says it may not exist anymore -- the agency, not the Republic -- but at the time they were working together, it was owned by Zdenek Kaspar.)
Also check out the sell sheet, which proclaims Matusalem was chosen as Best Rum at the '08 San Francisco Spirits Competition. "Outcast and still outclassing the competition." I like that.