Hollywood mourns loss of Chavez
Not surprising given that they were snookered by the cagey dictator. Chavez amassed a huge fortune by stealing from his countrymen. But all of that is forgiven because his heart was in the right place.
Hollywood loves this kind of stuff because posturing is what they do best. And, of course, the fact that Chavez "spoke truth to power" by accusing the United States of doing everything except perhaps killing and eating little babies, this put him on the side of "justice" in the world.
The controversial leader had a slew of Hollywood heavyweights supporting him throughout his reign, with the most vocal two being actor Sean Penn and filmmaker Oliver Stone.
"Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion," says Penn in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela."
"Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of Vice President Maduro," adds Penn.
Penn, who has been a longtime supporter of Chavez, made a surprise appearance in Bolivia in December to attend a candlelight vigil for the health of the leader. Said Penn at the vigil: "He's one of the most important forces we've had on this planet, and I'll wish him nothing but that great strength he has shown over and over again. I do it in love, and I do it in gratitude."
Earlier, in August 2012, Penn had joined Chavez at an election rally in Venezuela. The two first met in 2007 in Venezuela.
Stone first met Chavez in December of 2007. The filmmaker championed Chavez in his 2009 film South of the Border, which explored the political and social changes occurring in South America and credited Chavez for many of those changes.
''I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place," says Stone in a statement to THR. "Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history."
Yeah, whatever. Putting people in jail for disagreeing with Chavez, shutting down independent media, intimidating opponents. breaking up opposition rallies with thugs -- these are things that have to be done to achieve "social justice," according to the Hollywood set.
Perhaps Stone, Penn, and the rest of them are unaware of Chavez's true legacy; a broke, mismanaged, divided country that will fall into bankruptcy without massive assistance. All those poor people that Chavez supposedly helped will become poorer, and the middle class will shrink.
This is what Chavez has left his fellow countrymen. And Hollywood is too blinded by their own delusional thinking to see it.