There are more than seven clueless celebrities who praised the horrendous socialism that destroyed Venezuela but we wanted to pick the worst of the lot who will blindly defend socialism.
Michael Moore, who loves his dictators, always talked positively about how Chavez allegedly shared his country’s oil profits with the people.
After meeting Chavez, he tweeted, “Hugo Chavez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl,” referencing the late Venezuelan president. “He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health & education 4 all.”
Yes, that was great, that’s how Chavez destroyed the nation’s economy, leading Venezuela from a rich and fairly prosperous nation to ruination.
ABC News reported four years ago that Chavez’ misguided attempts to expropriate or nationalize major industries — food production, transportation, farming, banking, the media, etc.– crippled not only the respective industries but private business as well.
Hugo Chavez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl. He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health & education 4 all
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 6, 2013
Sean Penn was Hugo Chavez’s good friend. When Chávez died, Penn mourned him and said, “Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of vice president [Nicolas] Maduro.”
Maduro has continued Chavez’s policies into its final destruction.
“(Chavez) is a fascinating guy. He’s done… incredible things for the 80% of the people that are very poor there,” Penn also said fawningly.
Oh, year, real incredible!
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) May 8, 2017
In his documentary, My Friend Hugo, Stone wants the audience to look at the positive changes that have happened economically, that have happened in all of South America because of Chavez.
We’re looking! Fabulous!
He added that Chavez is “welcome” to stay in power if he wishes to do so, comparing Venezuela to countries in Europe where “there are no term limits.”
Those countries, however, have parliamentary democracies. Venezuela on the other hand is president-heavy and whenever Chavez wanted to change the constitution, he just did, which is what Maduro did recently that led to daily protests since March.
In 2007, Naomi Campbell interviewed Chavez for British GQ, calling him a “rebel angel” and praising Venezuela’s social programs.
“I am amazed by what I have seen here in only 24 hours,” Campbell was quoted as saying after visiting the new Children’s Heart Hospital in Caracas. “It’s marvelous to know and see what is being implemented here in Venezuela.”
We’re amazed too Naomi. Why don’t you go down there and live without medicine and food.
In a 2013 interview, linguist and hard-left, Noam Chomsky described the suggestion that Chavez had suppressed press freedom as “a bit of a joke.” He added:
“There’s a strong opposition press bitterly attacking him all the time. There’s much more of an opposition press than there is in most of Latin America… There is some repression of the press, but it’s mostly, you know, verbal intimidation…”
In the same interview, Chomsky states that Chavez “(carried forward) this historic liberation of Latin America…. (He was certainly) destructive to the rich oligarchy, to the US power…”
“Over the past ten years, I’ve seen a change of absolutely historic significance. I mean, if you go back to the Conquistadors 500 years ago, I sense that Latin America has been pretty much enthralled to Western force, (to) the United States in most recent times. Now, it’s pretty much free.”
Journalists are jailed all the time in Venezuela. Maduro owns the press.
In March, 2014, the actor praised Venezuelans for (continuing) to realize (Chavez’s) vision of a participatory democracy, one involving all citizens.
In reality, the reason they are rioting and protesting is because the people have no say in government.
Notable for his outsized admiration of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, Belafonte commended Chavez in 2006 for taking on the “greatest terrorist in the world,” namely former President George W. Bush.
Speaking on Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC in December 2012, Belafonte made a strange suggestion about where Obama might want to go with his Presidential powers.
“What fascinates me is that in the face of millions of Americans expressing their desire, the whole political establishment defining its game, that there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people, who’re still trying to dismantle the wishes of the people, the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama, and I don’t know what more they want. The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third world dictator and put all these people in jail. They’re violating the American desire!” Belafonte said.
Spoken like a true dictator.