Bono is making poverty history. Iraq is being liberated. Someone is saving the whales. China is a human rights violator. Oprah is saving an entire continent. Hugo Chavez is a terrorist. All the people on Entertainment Tonight are giving back...
...except for Sean Penn. Writing about his recent trip to Cuba and Venezuela, Penn lists among his motivations: "to deepen my understanding of Chávez and Venezuela and excite my writing hand."
By now, October 2008, I had digested my earlier visits to Venezuela and Cuba and time spent with Chávez and Fidel Castro. I had grown increasingly intolerant of the propaganda. Though Chávez himself has a penchant for rhetoric, never has it been a cause for war. In hopes of demythologizing this "dictator," I decided to pay him another visit. By this time I had come to say to friends in private, "It's true, Chávez may not be a good man. But he may well be a great one."
Read the rest of the article and/or listen to Penn share his views.
"Conversations with Chavez and Castro" by Sean Penn via The Nation