Maria Conchita Alonso goes off on Sean Penn for supporting Hugo Chavez
Actress Maria Conchita Alonso, who costarred with Sean Penn as his cross-cultural love interest in the 1988 film "Colors," has written a scathing open letter to the actor, shredding him for his support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and encouraging him to further investigate the situation in that country.
It's not a first for the actress, who in March 2009 told HollywoodTV that Penn should shut up about Chavez because, despite being an "amazing actor," he has "no clue at all what's going on in Venezuela."
"I was appalled by a recent television interview where you vigorously showed support for the regime of Hugo Chavez," Alonso writes in the current letter. "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."
The actress, who was born in Cuba, raised in Venezuela and became a U.S. citizen in 2005, was referring to Penn's appearance on "Real Time With Bill Maher" earlier this month. Maher had asked Penn to share what he knows that Maher doesn't, that might soften Chavez's rep. Penn's answer can be seen here. Watch because it's not exactly an easy one to summarize.
Here's the full text of Alonso's letter, which is also better read in full than summarized.
In addition to praising Chavez's 14 "transparent" election victories ...
... talking about some sort of collaboration with Venezuela and Cuba regarding Haiti relief and blaming Americans' lack of understanding of Venezuelan history and politics on hypnosis by the media, Penn told Maher that journalists should go to prison for calling Chavez a dictator.
Alonso told Fox News on Monday that although Penn has the right to speak his mind, she wrote the letter because Penn is standing up for someone she says is hurting the Venezuelan people and spreading his communist regime's ideals throughout the region.
Penn also very calmly told CBS News recently that he wished those who were critical of his relief efforts in Haiti "would die a screaming death of rectal cancer."
Alonso, incidentally, praises Penn's humanitarian work. Lucky her.
Penn, you might remember, has told us he does "not believe in a simplistic and inflammatory view of good and evil." That was in his 2002 open letter to President George W. Bush.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Sean Penn, center, talks to Lt. Col. Mike Foster, right, while visiting the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division's forward operating base in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Jan. 22. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press
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