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« on: March 29, 2010, 09:15:25 PM »

Sean Penn Under Fire from Former Costar  
Sean Penn's costar in the 1988 cop drama "Colors" has written an impassioned open letter to the actor about recent remarks Penn made praising Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Actor Maria Conchita Alonso penned the letter, titled "An Open Letter to Sean Penn," on the website Newsbusters. In it, she expresses her disappointment at Penn's statements made on the March 5 episode of HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher." On the panel-based talk show, Penn praised the Venezuelan president, saying Chavez had been elected in "14 of the most transparent elections in the globe, and been elected democratically." Conchita Alonso, who was born in Cuba 52 years ago but raised in Venezuela, begs to differ.

"Dear Sean, WHY?" she begins. "Even though I have great respect for your artistic talent, I was appalled by a recent television interview where you vigorously showed support for the regime of Hugo Chavez. Therefore, I've decided to set the record straight for you regarding the Chavez regime, supporting my case based not only on my political ideologies, but on proven facts you choose to ignore. Otherwise, I believe your position would be different..." 

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010, 11:15:47 PM »

Sean Penn is, and always has been, an idiot.  I have never understood why these Hollywood types love to trot around the globe and embrace leftist thugs like Chavez.  In communist regimes, rich entertainers are either shot or forced to perform the party line for the masses.  The world would be a better place if brutal, murderous thugs like Chavez simply dropped dead.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2010, 01:25:37 PM »

Sean Penn is, and always has been, an idiot.  I have never understood why these Hollywood types love to trot around the globe and embrace leftist thugs like Chavez.  In communist regimes, rich entertainers are either shot or forced to perform the party line for the masses.  The world would be a better place if brutal, murderous thugs like Chavez simply dropped dead.

Chavez reminds me of Castro, worse in some ways better in others.  Both claimed to be supporters of democracy as they limited democratic power.  Both instituted reforms which helped the poor while alienating the upper and middle classes (well, effectively eliminating them in Castro's case).  Both have a poor record of human rights abuses.  And both grandstand about US foreign policy.  Can't really blame them on that last one - particularly Castro.  I give wide latitude to Castro being angry at the USA.  If I tried to kill someone a dozen times, and they were mad at me about it, I wouldn't blame them.

Probably the highest praise I can give Chavez is he was granted enough power to basically end democracy and referendums completely, and he didn't do it.  In fact, he let his decree power end in 2009. 

But yeah.  Thousands of killings by the police and army in Venezuela in the past 10 years (and endless reports of physical intimidation) should really give anyone pause before jumping to support Chavez and his government.  My outlook is that trumps everything else.

I wonder what Sean Penn and other guys like him think of this.  I mean, I'd be pretty surprised if he didn't know about it.  Maybe he just chooses not to believe it?  Well, perhaps I'm being unfair.  Does he actually think Chavez and his government are good, or was his only point that he was elected democratically?  Don't know the rest of the context  I don't know about "most transparent" but *most* reports say his elections were fair, at least in the sense the votes were genuine. 
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2010, 04:11:41 PM »

He probably ardently believes in what Chavez is doing, and justifies all the human rights abuses the same way. This way being that he doesn't see them as human rights abuses. Or probably reasons "well our opponent is worse, what we've done pales in comparison".

I don't understand how anyone can subscribe to any ideology that says "it'll all be better in the end", yet " we don't really know how to get there, if we ever will-- if such a world could exist, and what the means to get there will be".

Is it really worth all the pain and suffering that is caused to get to a world that may not exist?

I don't think so.
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