Sunday, June 04, 2006

Hugowood

Just recently, the Venezuelan satrap, Hugo Chavez announced that Oliver Stone was planning a movie about the 2002 coup. It wasn’t long after, that Stone made it clear that he was not planning a movie despite an announcement to the contrary by President Hugo Chavez. Perhaps a little embarrassed; although, for that you need to have a little shame, Chavez has decided to take his own movie future into his own hands.
Chavez bid to counter Hollywood

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has opened a film studio in the country aimed at curbing the cultural influence of the US in Latin America.

"It's a Hollywood dictatorship. They inoculate us with messages that don't belong to our traditions," he said.

The government is giving $11m (£5.8m) to the project which will fund local and South American films.

Mr Chavez has been a staunch critic of President George W Bush and often attacks free-market policies.

Heroes

The president toured film sets, costume rooms and sat in the director's chair on his visit to the Film Villa Foundation on the outskirts of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

One of the first projects is a series about Francisco de Miranda, who fought for Venezuela's independence from Spain in the 19th Century and one of Mr Chavez's heroes.

He has also accused Hollywood of portraying Latin Americans as violent criminals and drug traffickers, and urged children to turn away from superheroes such as Superman.

The Venezuelan government is the main investor in Telesur, a Latin American TV news station seen as an alternative to US networks such as CNN.

Some US politicians have branded Telesur, which began broadcasting last year, as a "propaganda tool" for Mr Chavez.
Don't worry Chavecito, Hollywood loves its dictators, and soon enough it will come to your rescue.

1 comment:

A.Perales said...

I can't understand why some of these folks are so hateful of the United States. I understand that this country's size and power make other folks envious and irritated but not the degree of el cerdo Chavez. His vitriolic speeches about this country are enough for someone to put a petardo up his rear end and blow him up into pieces.
A lady I know who just came back from Cuba while visiting her family said to me that while there Chavez was on Cuban television, and she couldn't believe the things that he said about Bush and this country. She was very embarassed.