It’s a war of words between the Oscar winning star of Dead Man Walking, Mystic River and Milk, and the lady from Predator 2: Sean Penn is taking heat from actress María Conchita Alonso over his comments concerning Hugo Chavez during a recent appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher earlier this month.
For those not up to speed: the left-leaning Penn appeared on Maher’s program defending the Venezuelan leader, taking umbrage at the man’s portrayal as a dictator by the U.S. media.
“Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it. And this is mainstream media, who should — truly, there should be bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies.”
And now, according to NewsBusters, Alonso – who co-starred with Penn in 1988’s Colors, has written Penn an open letter condemning his statements:
“Being born in Cuba, a country where freedom of speech is non-existent, it’s startling to observe how Venezuela, where I was happily raised, is fast becoming Cuba’s mirror image: Dismantling of fundamental democratic rights deserved by its people and citizens of the world… Chavez did win his first elections, but like Hitler, he betrayed what the country gave him: The vote of confidence.”
Alonso also appeared on Fox News today, and continued:
“Either he is ignorant in the subject of Venezuela and Chavez — and by the way, the Castros in Cuba, because, you know, he likes them — or I don’t know why he’s talking about that… People should know the truth.”
In response to this, Penn videotaped himself rescuing a Chilean baby from an earthquake, saving a Hindu cow from an unruly mob of hungry American tourists, and single-handedly brokering a peace deal between the Palestinian and Israeli governments before stomping up and down and insisting to Alonso that he has a deeper understanding of these world issues and doesn’t take himself too seriously as all.
What do you think about Penn’s comments concerning Chavez?