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Maria Conchita Alonso goes off on Sean Penn for supporting Hugo Chavez

Penn haiti 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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Comments () | Archives (28)

I think the fact that both people feel strongly about using their voice is great.
Both are right.
Valid and valuable perceptions and facts.
I like to read this kind of passionate involvement.
This is what it is to be American.

I am Venezuelan and Maria Conchita is right and gave a very elegant aproach.

No one can talk about Hugo Chavez without living it. If Sean Penn like Chavez... move to Venezuela then?

I have spoke to so many people in the US that only confirm how ignorant this people is. Because Chavez complained abaut Bush, yes, but Chavez had the power to stop sending oil to the US and not contribute to fuiling those planes that are throwing those bombs. But no, Chavez leaks US butt and all he feels is envy that what ever he touches becomes crap.

Regarding the elections, there are documents of the frouds. 30 thousand people living in a town of 5 thousand. 30 people living in the same house and at least 500 cases like those. Chavez never allowed a manual count of the votes. I know because I have been there but is what the ignorant people os the US do not get, too much American Idol and idiocracy in your heads.

Chavez did win his first elections but he never mentioned Revolution or socialism in his speeches.

For all you Chavez lover, go to Venezuela, try to spend a year there, find a job, try to make aliving, rent a nice apartment, buy a car and you will see what Hugo Chavez regime is about. If you do not do that stop talking so much BS.

Why do people on the Left always insist that people who are criticizing them are trying to censor them? Can they not see that free expression, no matter how stupid as in the case of Sean Penn's nonsense, works both ways? It goes to show you just how ignorant the left is on issues of persona liberty and why, in fact, they support monsters like Hugo Chavez.

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