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Speaking Truth To Cluelessness

Heh … I love it when this sort of thing happens. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen often enough.

The saccharine conventions of showbusiness were thrown out of the window last week, when the Hollywood actress Maria Conchita Alonso was collared by paparazzi and asked if she was pleased about her former co-star Sean Penn’s recent Oscar victory.

“He’s an amazing actor. I can’t take that away from him,” she said of Penn, who worked with her on the 1988 cop film Colors. “It’s just that he has no clue at all what’s going on in Venezuela. He’s been praising Hugo Chavez, who is a dictator and a killer. He should shut up about what he doesn’t know.” Alonso, who was raised in Venezuela, was apparently upset by a glowing article that Penn had written for The Nation magazine about her homeland’s charismatic but increasingly dictatorial left-wing President.

Of course Penn’s not the only one from Hollywood in the thrall of Chavez:

Other Hollywood liberals face public criticism, most notably Oliver Stone, currently filming an adulatory authorised biopic of Mr Chavez. Stone could be joined in the pillory by Danny Glover, who was given $18m by Mr Chavez in 2006 to make a left-leaning film about Haiti’s 19th-century leader, Toussaint Louverture. Harry Belafonte sparked outrage two years ago when he appeared on a platform with Mr Chavez to call George Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world”.

The term “useful idiots” describes them well.


4 Responses to Speaking Truth To Cluelessness

  • I’m sorry, but I think the word “useful” must mean something different where you’re from…  🙂

    • That would be “useful” to Chavez.  For the rest of us… Not so much.

      • The term (for those publick skool types) comes from Joe Stalin who referred to the psychopant leftists in America and other places that did work for the Soviets.

  • Actually, I must admit that I admire the acting skills of Sean Penn and Jane Fonda, whose politics I despise.  In Mystic River, Penn, who played Southie Irish hood, had me totally convinced.  In Klute, Fonda was perfectly cast a a whore.

    In this years awards, however, Clint Eastwood’s performance in Gran Tourino as a retired union auto worker and former marine was as great as his performance in The Unforgiven.  Not only do we have the same guns – Colt Model 1911s and M1 Garands – but for 20 years, my wife and I lived in an American Foursquare house in Buffalo, the same 1920s house in Eastwood’s neighborhood.  If you only see one movie this year, go to Gran Tourino.