You don't need to be rich to be famous. The thing is that you often get rich when you're famous.
But anyhow, there have been throughout our modern history, and still are "celeberties" who are/were socialists/commnists.
The interesting thing is that if the bourgeoise first fails in attempting to make these people unpopular and/or forgotten, they then seem to do everything they can to remove the fact that these people were communists.
An example of this, from Norwegian history as the famous writer and poet Nordahl Grieg from the second world war. He became very popular and couldn't simply be "erased". So now, instead, bourgeoise historians, journalists etc are trying to do everything they can do blow off the fact that he was a communist. They say that he was just mislead and so forth. It isn't surprising that they do this, I mean, it's unheard of having a COMMIE as a national hero, isn't it?!
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