Do an introduction at the Academy Awards and give Sandra Bullock a kiss on the cheek on Sunday, have Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez thank in the midst of a rally on Wednesday. All a part of a typical week for politically active, Oscar winning actor Sean Penn who has recently been standing up against U.S. media critics for their portrayal of Chavez saying that he’s a socialist, not a dictator.

Chavez has not taken Penn’s public support lightly, on Wednesday during a televised rally in Caracas, Chavez thanked Penn for his support:

Chavez: I was reading the declarations from our friend Sean Penn, the famous American actor,” he said. “Penn defended what he considers to be the truth.

The message comes after much support from Penn in front of the cameras trying to get Chavez’s message across to the American people. Last week on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Penn said that journalists who refer to Chavez as a dictator should be jailed…

Penn: There should be a bar for which one goes to prison for these kinds of biases.

Penn then added that Chavez has won elections fair and square and is wrongfully labeled by the media in the U.S. in order to keep his views from the American people. Penn has supported the president’s leftist political policies for a long time and has visited him several times to talk about them.

Penn: We are hypnotised by the media. Who do you know here who’s gone through 14 of the most transparent elections on the globe, and has been elected democratically, as Hugo Chávez?

What do you think about Penn’s views? Do you think he’s right?