By Maria Conchita Alonso of all people!
The actress, who was born in Cuba but raised in Venezuela, is pissed at Sean Penn for his public support of
dictator Hugo Chavez.
Alonso wrote an open letter stating her opinion on the matter.
Here are some HIGHlights:
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.
Being born in Cuba, a country where freedom of speech is nonexistent, it's startling to observe how Venezuela, where I was happily raised, is fast becoming Cuba's mirror image: Dismantling of fundamental democratic rights deserved by its people and citizens of the world.
WHY do you validate a government that has converted Venezuela into the second most dangerous country in the world, where impunity is above 90% and its people live in a constant state of stress and fear of getting killed?
Sean, you have the right to say what you want, but as far as I know, your statements are contradictory to Freedom of Speech…My intention isn't to convince you, but to let you know what is truly happening in this beautiful country of noble people, Venezuela. I would encourage you to investigate in depth the 'inside story' and realize for yourself the dark side behind the person you choose to idolize.
Agreed, Chavez did win his first elections, but like Hitler, he betrayed what the country gave him: The vote of confidence."
You go, girl!
Maria continued to address several issues such as the supposed transparency of the Venezuela's elections, violations by Chavez of the country's constitution, his 92 percent control of media communications, his alleged anti-Semitism and the country's escalating poverty rate.
Wonder what Sean will have to say about this?!
[Image via WENN.]
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