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Sean Penn Defends Hugo Chavez!

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While on Real Time with Bill Maher, Sean Penn defended Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez against critics.

Penn claims that Chavez has repeatedly won elections and even added that the critics who refer to him as a dictator should be jailed.

"There should be a bar for which one goes to prison for these kinds of biases," said the actor.

WTF?! Chavez even took the time to thank him for his comments!

Penn and the dictator president may be besties, but Sean should stick to what he knows - failed marriages!

[Image via WENN.]


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129 comments to “Sean Penn Defends Hugo Chavez!”

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  1. 1

    He's like a political John Mayer. Chavez is his sexual nepalm.

  2. 2

    Sean Penn is a political tourist. He seems to leap on media 'underdogs' without doing his research, and only for the purpose of high-lighting his own name.
    Doesn't he understand that Venezuela routinely dangles carrots in front of international corporations, with tax breaks, this/that … to lure them in … and then he turns around and nationalizes (steals) the industry/business ?!?
    What he needs to do is visit Venezuela and get himself kidnapped, or something similar. That'd do an Etch-A-Sketch on his perspective !!

  3. 3

    i would recommend researching the policies and history of hugo chavez and his administration before calling him a dictator or questioning why someone would be so 'brazen' as to *shock* defend him. i doubt you or more most people know anything about him you haven't heard from our government or our corporate owned media/education system. before criticizing other countries and their totalitarian states, look in our own backyard. dictatorship is closer is than you think, friends and there is ALWAYS room for improvement at home.

  4. 4

    ASS-BRAIN!! Infuriating!!!!!!!!!!!!! What the FUCK does he know about South American politics?!?!?!?!?!?

  5. 5

    Chavez is a dictator that is in bed with the Colombian drug cartel. He should be thrown into the ocean!!!

  6. 6

    CALVIN KLEIN IS PAYING YOU to advertise here,
    So you post tons of stupid crap about their new (weird looking) model.

  7. 7

    News for sale!

  8. 8


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  10. 10

    This was days ago but yeah Sean Penn should shut up, he doesn't live here (Venezuela) and he doesn't know how things really are…

  11. 11

    WOWWWWW this is ridiculous! Chavez totally changed the venezuelan constitution to make him a president for life, idk what else would make him a dictator. my best friend lives there and everyone hates him. the only reason he won those elections is because he bribed the majority to vote for him and since most venezuelans are poor they thought he was a god send or something. watch all the student demonstrators that are against him (educated people) only the uneducated want to keep him.

  12. 12

    Oh the irony! I will let you know when I start developing my foreign policy views based on Perez Hilton blogs. Stick to what YOU know Perez, which is shoe and makeup tends. For anyone interested in geopolitics, please google an award winning documentary called "The War on Democracy".

  13. 13

    Seans a clown that needs to shut his old ass up

  14. 14

    I'm surprised nobody's knocked off Chavez yet. If Sean wants to be immortalized for generations to come, maybe he should be standing next to Chavez at the very moment he does, indeed, get knocked off, and Sean, 'unfortunately', becomes collateral damage, kind of / sort of.

  15. 15

    He doesn't know what he's talking about! If Chavez wasn't a dictator, then why he is cuting the electricity in Venezuela? and giving to other countries money and such when the people on Venezuela need them? I mean, I think that he shouln't say those things when he doesn't know anything! I'm sure that now the people on Venezuela will not want to watch anything concerning him in the near future…

    Btw Perez, this was like last week! Next time you have to be faster;)

  16. 16

    omfg!!! Sean Penn needs to move to Venezuela and see for himself what Chavez is about.

  17. TCYB says – reply to this


    I agree with Sean Penn.

    Chavez did bring riches to the country.

  18. 18

    Wow Sean, anyone should be able to call anyone else a dictator, that's called "free speech"…remember: the First Amendment. No one should go to jail for calling anyone anything…that is a basic human right.

  19. TCYB says – reply to this


    Re: flakisvi – You shouldn't say things either. You have no idea what you are talking about.

  20. 20

    Wow Sean Penn, anyone should be able to call anyone else a dictator, that's called "free speech"…remember: the First Amendment. No one should go to jail for calling anyone anything…that is a basic human right…whether it's included in the current version of the Venezuelan constitution or not.

  21. 21

    Good lord Penn.
    Why don't you move to that country and try and live your current lifestyle under Chavez' rule.
    Well then do us all a favor and STFU and just act.

  22. 22

    So he is against freedom of speech, would he want that in the U.S. as well? Probably he is only against freedom of speech for those on the right. He has finally lost his mind, and become dangerous.

  23. 23

    Then what the fuck are you waiting for Penn?! Why you still living here? Take your ass to Venezuelan then!

  24. 24

    Re: marg1688Re: longleggedchicaRe: Zaboufierce – SO TRUE!!!! i'm venezuelan and this just made me so upset!!!… Sean, don't talk about venezuela's politic because you know NOTHING about it… my country is fucked up the economy is fucked up!!! mother fucker!!! don't talk about things that you obviously don't know!!! this… piece of shit that venezuelans call "president" has fucked up our country!!! he wants to make us look like cuba!!! he IS a dictador he has shut down 34 RADIO STATIONS AND 1 TV CHANNEL (RCTV).. and this mother fucker has the cojones to say that chavez is democratic??? WTF is wrong with you!!!??? if chavez wins in the 2012 elections it'll be because he cheated… Re: ShoeWhore – in the last few weeks it has been rumored a coup might happen… it could be tomorrow in two hours we don't know..

  25. 25

    Penn needs to shut up. He should give up his citizenship and go live in Venezuela with his buddy Chavez.

  26. 26

    Sean don't say anything!!! you don't live here!! you don't know what it's like living in fear!!!! fear ending dead, fear of ending with no house, fear of ending poor, fear of no freedom of speach… and MORERe: TCYB – Do you live here??? because from what i can see… you DON'T, so STFU….Re: flakisvi – AMEN!!!! in my house they cut the electricity from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm… this it's all chavez fault!!! if he would of heard the people that said to him what was going to happen, and just do something to stop it… GURI wouldn't be like it is now…

  27. 27

    Re: Old hag!!….
    im from venezuela too but i live in Tx. I completely agree with everythin u said!! people need to stfu because they dont know what goes on!!!

  28. 28

    sorry if my english it's shitty

  29. 29

    Anyone defending Chavez or Sean Penn are very ignorant to the current political situation in Venezuela. Try living there where there is no such thing as freedom of speech, a free economy and where any dissent is met with violence and murder.

  30. 30

    This happened a week ago you dingleberry. Good Christ, get with it you ignoramus.

  31. 31

    P.S. Perez - you are an idiot! This isn't breaking news - Sean Penn, the upstanding fine American douchebag that he is, has been very well known to be friendly associates with Chavez. You should start reading and watching the *REAL* news so you don't post old news!

  32. MB! says – reply to this


    OMG, I'm from Maracaibo, Venezuela.. and I think that Mr Sean Penn should come here and take a look aroud.. here we have no water, no electricity for two hours a day, no milk, no chicken, no sugar.. etc!!

    He says that because when he came, he was with the dictator, and he went to the best hotels and the best places in the country, but he sould come and talk to people, and ask what we think about the M°ther f*cker president..

    We need help.. Venezuela is falling down, and there's no one to help us..

    Viva Venezuela, mi patria querida..

    Fuera Chavezz!!

  33. Fpenn says – reply to this


    SEAN PENN.. hijo de la gran madre IGNORANT FOOL .. easy for him to support a dictator who is ruining a beautiful country … yeah he might have been elected but he has now taken control and has kept himself in power through corruption, lies, fear and the threat of killing… sean penn needs to stick to waht he knows and that is crappy acting and stupid scandals. SEAN PENN I DARE YOU TO GO LIVE IN VENEZUELA FOR JUST ONE WEEK >> AND THEN COME BACK AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK> you ignorant prick. YOu should be jailed for the waste of space you are on this planet. I agree you need to STFU! idiota!

  34. 34

    Re: Old hag!!…. – You know what, I've been to Cuba like 15 times, and I swear I can't go back …. it's tooooo DEPRESSING !!! Especially the last time, I got asked to give a 'gift' to the customs guy if I wanted to enter, and I yelled soooooooo loud to make sure everyone heard that the ass-hole at wicket #8 wanted me to give him a 'GIFT' !!!
    You are so right … Chavez wants to show the rest of the world that he's best buddies with Cuba … and go ahead, because even the old Soviet bloc couldn't give a shit … go check out the hospital outside Havana where all the Chernobyl kiddies went to recover … it was blown down during the hurricanes last year, and even the old Soviet bloc countries couldn't give a shit about helping out Cuba, because it's all for NOTHING !!!
    Chavez can pretend to be the next Castro of South America, but he better start wondering why the population of Venezuela hasn't kept up with the rest of South America's population explosion … why the fuck aren't the people of Venezuela fucking/reproducing … are they all dying off, or emigrating elsewhere ?!? And if so, why are Venezuelans fucking off elsewhere, or stopped fucking !!?!??!

  35. 35

    I think that Sean should just go lick Chavez Ars… I don't care if he thinks he's fair… Chavez is a cheating bastard!!

  36. 6one9 says – reply to this


    I like Sean Penn “““` always have liked “ the bad boyz. :)

  37. whoev says – reply to this


    Re: nikluv – Hilarious!

  38. 38

    Sean Penn is an Effn idiot!!!!!

  39. 39

    Chavez IS a president and a good one.. Only Venezuelans can say he's bad but the rest of you dont even live here.. You just know what you see on CNN or FOX.. Worry yourself about Obama sending thousands of troops to Afghanistan or whatever..

  40. 40

    yet again, another celebutard exerciser his/her single poltical brain cell

  41. 41

    Sean Penn is crazy scum. So is Danny Glover. Both psycho idiots !

  42. 42

    Wow-imprisoned for stating an opinion? Sean Penn is such an ass. Maybe he should go to prison for treason and see how he likes it.

  43. 43

    Che, Perez… nunca hablaste de la homosexualidad de Chávez! A ver cuándo lo ayudamos a salir del placard…. es sabido que es 100% gay.

  44. 44

    Sean Penn is a douchebag who knows nothing about everything. Couldnt stay married, in trouble with the pap's all the time, attention whore and now speaking BS about this nutcase. Shut up cretin!!

  45. fiera says – reply to this


    Actors should just stick to acting and forget about getting involved in politics!!! Hey Sean do you know what the First Amendment is? Freedom of speech, and nobody should go to jail for expressing their opinions whether you like it or not. No wonder Sean likes Chavez and Castro,if he wasn't an actor he would probably be a dictator too.

  46. 46

    Re: MB! – So true, WE NEED HELP!!!!… i think we the venezuelans should kill chavez or just do something like january 23th…Re: ShoeWhore – the answer to your question is, because CHAVEZ HAS FUCKED UP OUR COUNTRY!!! there's no job here… and the few available jobs are taken by colombians!!! (not that i have something against colombians but still..) my country it's so fucked up… it makes me so sad to see it… Re: Fpenn – you're so right…

  47. 47

    Re: evancalo
    i am venezuelan and i go all the time and he's not a good president!
    what's wrong with you?
    you're probably one of those brainwashed people who wear red shirts 24/7! venezuelans like you are why people like sean penn defend chavez!

  48. 48

    penn is a commie

  49. 49

    Re: jewdea


  50. 50

    You either do not speak of what you unknown. Is true that Chavez has gone through more than ten elections and won. He has good and very bad things, but not a dictator. Maybe a bad president with very bad people around. The problem is that he has expressed publicly against the ideology of the right and the Venezuelans living abroad and those who their interests have been touched come together to tell lies! Even they do to achieve residency in the U.S. as political refugees and is false.

    They mock the U.S. authorities, a crime! I know many who have falsified forensic reports alleging torture and lie saying they were persecuted to get the greencard.

    I'm Venezuelan and live in Venezuela! Proof that we do not live in a dictatorship here is that everyone said what they want and speak freely without consequence.

  51. 51

    AHHHHHHH … Sean Penn likes chavez cause chavez gave gim money for one of hils movies… Really I agree with many of the posters, if he really lieks him so much and think he's a GREAT president, then why doesnt he come here, ran out of water, or power, not find something as simple as sugar, drive a car in pretty much destroyed streets, get kidnapped or at least know someone who gets kidnapped, get mugged, or whatever.
    Seriously he's a dictator and that's what dictator's do, they do whatever they can to stay in power even if it means cheating.

    And as for on eof the readers who asked why the fuck all venezuelans are immigrating .. well cause you get sick and tired of living with fear… I live in Caracas and I live in constant fear of being kidnapped, followed, robbed, ppl breaking in my house.. So yeah its not nice living with fear. cause basically we're not living here we're SURVIVING
    So perez thanks for calling chavez a dictator. MANY people read your blog..

  52. 52

    Sean Penn… anyone who puts him anywhere above a curb is an ass. ACTING "A-C-T-I-N-G" IS what he does best.

  53. 53

    You either do not speak of what you unknown. Is true that Chavez has gone through more than ten elections and won. He has good and very bad things, but not a dictator. Maybe a bad president. The problem is that he has expressed publicly against the ideology of the right and the Venezuelans living abroad and those who their interests have been touched come together to tell lies! Even they do to achieve residency in the U.S. as political refugees and is false.

    They mock the U.S. authorities, a crime! I know many who have falsified forensic reports alleging torture and lie saying they were persecuted to get the greencard.

    I'm Venezuelan and live in Venezuela! Proof that we do not live in a dictatorship here is that everyone said what they want and speak freely without consequence.

  54. 54

    PEREZ IS A TRUE AMERICAN AND RECOGNIZES AS MANY OF US DO, SEAN PENN IS A LEFT WING FREAK and nothing less. CHAVEZ IS A DICTATOR INDEED AND PENN IS A REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE WHO WANTS TO BE A DICTATOR. Good luck to you Perez and I hope American Idol choses you to be on the panel. Gay and out there, you're a good heart and Sean Penn is a lethal dose of toxic to our American efforts to be free. NEVER WATCH ANOTHER SEAN PENN FILM FOR HE'S OUR HOME GROWN TERRORIST AGAINST THE USA !!!

  55. 55

    Maybe there should be a jail for idiot actors being used as propaganda by despotic leaders??

  56. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: FreeSpeechMan – The irony of your comment is that you call yourself FreeSpeechMan, and then proceed to tell Perez what he should and shouldn't say. Lol.

  57. 57

    I recommend actually watching this ep of Real Time to see the context in which these things were said. Maybe you'll still disagree with Penn, but you shouldn't be too quick to react to anything Hilton says as he is notorious for twisting people's words around.

  58. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: rudemood – I don't think Penn is against free speech here. He's suggesting that he is against propaganda or outright lying. That's his view.

  59. 59

    What an idiot. He has no idea whatsoever of the real situation of South America or the problems that the poor venezuelan people are going trough. Chavez is an imbecile, and if Penn understood two words of spanish he would realize that the guy is out of his mind. Chavez is a criminal and a terrorist supporter. He finance the Colombian guerrillas and steal money from his own people.
    Sean Penn: Shut the fuck up

  60. 60

    Chavez was the only one with guts enough to take on George W. Bush.

  61. 61

    Sean Penn is a true American. The neoconservatives should be put in concentration camps in the U.S.

  62. SusyQ says – reply to this


    Frankly I do not want to hear one fucking word from a miserable asshole who wishes rectal cancer on his critics..he needs to keep his big snout out of situations he knows nothing about and stick to alcoholism and getting in fist fights

  63. 63

    Chavez is the only politician who donated free oil to the U.S. during Hurricane Katrina. Every other country just takes pathetic handouts from the U.S.

  64. 64

    Re: eloisaml
    there is something seriously wrong with you!

  65. dodo says – reply to this


    This is news? Sean Penn made his views known on the show exactly a week ago!

  66. 66

    Penn has cozied up to Chavez in the past.

  67. 67

    Re: Kevin1243 – he gives money away when his country needs it more than ever….

    and yes he's a doctator in desguise
    maybe not completely one.. YET but those are his plans

    i want to live instead of trying to survive every day

  68. javi says – reply to this


    well, all i can say is sean penn is self centered egostiscal moron, and if he's aligning himself with a thieving gorrilla, i says so much about him. as for me, and anyone i know, i will try and convince them never to go see anything related to this imbecil. ur dead for me penn, go to hell!

  69. javi says – reply to this


    actors get payed to endorse products all the time, i i believe this will be penn's constliest endorsement. sean penn, u will never see on cent from me or my family or anyone who has any morality.

  70. 70

    Yeah, um, when you're trying to prove that someone isn't a dictator, it's best not to suggest that critics should be jailed.

  71. 71

    The problem with a lot of these white Liberals like Sean Penn is that they may know a little bit of Spanish, but it takes more to understand the Latino culture, than just speaking a bit of Spanish. Sean Penn wasn't raised in a Hispanic culture. He doesn't have that Latino sensibility, to know when you're being used by a dictator. There's certain ways of pronouncing phrases in Spanish. That only Latinos can see through, certain expressions that Hugo Chavez makes. That only we know what he's really up to, Sean Penn will never know that. He just hears translations and sees a big smile on Hugo Chavez face. You're a sucker Sean Penn!

  72. 72

    He still has more class than John Mayer.

  73. 73

    Even though this Sean Penn news is old news i apologize to all Venezuelans over the far-left idiots, like Sean Penn, from our unfortunate cesspool called Hollywood.

  74. 74

    I live in Caracas, Venezuela, and I get extremely frustrated when I hear actors and people that live in other countries talk about how great the venezuelan "government" is… Before sean penn can say anything about my country, he needs to live at least one week in Petare, or the 23 de Enero or in el Centro, so he can be kidnapped or shot for his cel phone or his car…. You only need a few days to realize Chavez is an ass and a dictator… as simple as that… so please sean, stick to what you know what to do, act, and stop talking about a country you haven´t even lived in for 4 days,,, outside of the drug addict Hugo´s house…

  75. 75

    Mr. Penn is a US citizen and cannot begin to understand what it is like to live under an oppressive regime. What he understands perfectly are the ways of a dictator to keep people silent. I´m amazed that his statement didn´t include his approval for waterboarding and execution.

  76. 76

    I love Sean Penn ,his acting and liberal politics but Hugo Chavez is an authoritarian dictator and not someone any true liberal would ever say nice things about. Hugo is anti-free press,homophobic and anti-semetic to name a few of his disgusting faults. Sean is usually right about political things but he's dead wrong about this thug.

  77. 77

    Dispicible! He should have hills balls cut off and sewn shut into his stupid liberl spewing propaganda mouth! I guess its what one would expect from the land of hollywood, fascist elite. Any American citezen that actually pays to see one of this douchebags movies must be sick in head!

  78. 78

    I would like to invite Sean Penn to Venezuela without a body guard to see what happens… I would like to invite him to see what Chavez has done to my country. Hugo Cahvez destroyed my country and yes, us Venezuelans, have a DICTATOR that kills people, threatens people, sells drugs, works with terrorist and so many other things that would take me days to write about.

  79. 79


  80. 80

    He's as stupid as he is ugly.

  81. 81

    is this now a political bloq or is it about hollywood gossip???i

  82. 82

    Re: holyfuck – Mystic Lubrication is the main sponsor of Alaskan Iron Dog races (SARAH AND TOAD PALIN). Mystic is owned by Venezuela. Sarah Palin is a hypocrite and grifter. She claims to be a "real American" and claims Alaska is the U.S.'s hope to break away from foreign oil resources.

  83. 83

    I thing he missed the class about totalitarians governments!

  84. 84

    i hadnt heard about these bosom buddies in awhile. i was hoping sean penn had come to his senses. oh well… what a retard.

  85. 85

    If you don't live here…. then shut the f…. up!
    when u realize that minimun wage is not even enough for a family of one… that if u have something, that you made out of your own hard work and sweat, the government will probably take it away… that you can barely ride the subway at any time not to mention rush hour because the AC is not working… or have to listen to the 4 hour (or more) talk from the president about why having money is so bad and punishable (while he wears a rolex and a suit that costs more than your house)… THEN.. and only then… u will understand our situation… and THEN… u have the right to speak…
    until THEN… zip it!

  86. 86

    I kinda hope he reads these comments. All the people from Venezuela telling it like it is… those celebs go somewhere, are well treated and ignore the reality of those places. Sean Penn, just shut the fuck up and stick to your movies! Asshole.

  87. 87

    Chavez is a tyrant, who keeps his people in poverty and stands in the way of his countries capitalism. There is a reason why America is such a great country capitalism! If Sean Penn had his way I would be on my way to a Federal Prison for saying what I just said. Oh, yeah another great thing about America you fuckin asshole Sean Penn "Free Speech".

  88. 88

    You like Chavez so much Sean Penn, do us all a favor and move there you fuckin douche bag!

  89. 89

    The rants of yet another uneducated celebrity who think they know everything.

  90. Ayns says – reply to this


    Oh, he wants his country to control it's own resources and economy, instead of having the US control it? Hmmm, maybe the US should just assassinate Chavez. OH WAIT, they tried in 2002. He's not a dictator, and the US should stop trying to control the whole bloody world. Some of us are actually okay without your interference!

  91. 91

    If Sean keeps talking his mush, he is going to be labeled as a "traitor"..

  92. 92

    Perez Hilton should stick to what he knows: gay porn and bad-mouthing people into committing suicide.

  93. 93

    To those who think Chavez is a good guy: Even though his policies look and sound like they are doing good to the country they are NOT! The country has never seen more poverty as it currently has… he has destroyed the economy of the country putting restriction on how many flour for arepas can be made. Can you imagine you life where eggs are not found at supermarkets and the moment one of your family members finds the somewhere calls the rest of your family to see how many they should buy so you can have eggs as part of your breakfast? Things like toilet paper are hard to find!!! Sadly since Chavez (who offered a chance for change when the country was in turmoil) gained power I have seen my poor country deteriorate and be diminished into nothing. Instead of moving forward the country seems to be going back in time… and that makes me extremely sad. Sean Penn has no idea of what he is talking about, I would love to see him move to Venezuela for 3 months without any presidential connection and see what his opinion is after not having toilet paper, soap, eggs etc!

  94. 94

    I think he should be jailed for being a douchenozzle.

  95. 95

    Re: jewdea
    I would recommend you not speak about things you are not well informed on. Live in Venezuela for 5 minutes and then give your opinion.

  96. 96

    Re: evancalo
    Really? A good president? Where exactly do You live… because you certainly can't be living in Venezuela…

  97. 97

    Re: eloisaml
    Y cuando quieres comprar PAN para las arepas, o azucar… que piensas de eso???

  98. 98

    Re: Sprinks15Re: longleggedchica – Just so you know i live in Puerto Ordaz and Chávez is not as bad as you say.. Insecurity has always existed in Venezuela and if you live in Caracas then i'm sorry for you.. I'm not telling you to like Chávez but STOP trashing Venezuela's image on the internet cause we will see the consequences when those gringos get in here just like they did in Panama or Iraq.. They won't ask us if we like Chávez or not they will just kill us.. Do you have no brain?

  99. 99

    Re: VenezolanainChicago – First you live in Chicago so don't complain. And second, there's no toilet paper cause the ones that run the private companies that are probably part of your family don't want us to have it.. They get out of the market almost every product and then they say "Chávez is not investing in agriculture" but what has toilet paper to do with agriculture?
    The worst part is that you think EVERYONE here hates Chávez just because your family and your bourgeois friends do.. I'm not like someone said "one of those persons that wears red shirts 24/7" i'm studying engineering and im smart enough to know english so stop using stupid facts to detract Venezuela.. Enjoy yourself while you're sucking american balls

  100. 100

    President Chavez is an admirable man and I am stunned at the ignorance of the americans who prefer to believe the propaganda instead of forming their own opinions. Pinochet of Chile was a criminal, but the US never called him any names like diktators, etc. On the contrary the criminal Pinochet was supported 100% even after he murdered the democratically elected president Allende. That is the way of the US, condemn anyone who doesn't kneel in front of americans and dares say out loud what the rest of the world thinks of US. Thank you Sean Penn, you are a genius, like Chavez.

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