Sean Penn is in mourning over the death of his comrade Hugo Chavez...
The controversial leader had a slew of Hollywood heavyweights supporting him throughout his reign, with the most vocal two being actor Sean Penn and filmmaker Oliver Stone.
"Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion," says Penn in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela."
"Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of Vice President Maduro," adds Penn.
Penn, who has been a longtime supporter of Chavez, made a surprise appearance in Bolivia in December to attend a candlelight vigil for the health of the leader. Said Penn at the vigil: “He’s one of the most important forces we’ve had on this planet, and I’ll wish him nothing but that great strength he has shown over and over again. I do it in love, and I do it in gratitude."
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I believe Jim Treacher sums it up best: "Sean Penn is just Dennis Rodman with some Oscars."
More: Jamie Weinstein @ The Daily Caller: "Hugo’s Hagiographers"
The Nation magazine’s Greg Grandin perhaps outdid all of the Chavez eulogies with his fawning obituary.
Speaking of the media’s reaction to Chavez’s clownish 2006 speech at the United Nations, in which the Venezuelan leader called President George W. Bush “the devil,” Grandin wrote that what really bothered American elites was that Chavez was claiming a right American opinion makers and leaders reserved for themselves.
“I think what really rankled was that Chávez was claiming a privilege that had long belonged to the US, that is, the right to paint its adversaries not as rational actors but as existential evil,” he wrote.
Saying that he is “what they call a useful idiot when it comes to Hugo Chávez,” Grandin went on to dismissively compare the worldview of Chavez’s opponents to that of Mitt Romney.
“Chávez’s detractors see this mobilized sector of the population much the way Mitt Romney saw 47 percent of the US electorate, not as citizens but parasites, moochers sucking on the oil-rent teat,” he wrote.
Sure, “Chávez was a strongman,” Grandin admitted. “He packed the courts, hounded the corporate media, legislated by decree and pretty much did away with any effective system of institutional checks or balances.”
But the “biggest problem Venezuela faced during his rule,” he continued, “was not that Chávez was authoritarian but that he wasn’t authoritarian enough.”
“It wasn’t too much control that was the problem but too little,” he wrote.
And anyway, “What political scientists would criticize as a hyper dependency on a strongman, Venezuelan activists understand as mutual reliance, as well as an acute awareness of the limits and shortcomings of this reliance,” he explained earlier in the piece.
Read the whole thing for more pearls of mourning by the elitist left that have never lived under a Hugo Chavez, or a Castro. Communist dictators always bake the best cakes for the West's celebrities when they visit ... while their people starve.