Imagine if you will a situation where a conservative administration was running Venezuela. Imagine what would happen if a conservative Venezuelan president faced scores of protests and he used 1/100th the force used by socialist Nicholas Maduro. Now imagine that a former Miss Venezuela and former Miss Universe took to Twitter to protest that force. Would the media pay attention? I think you know the answer.
As it is, Stefania Fernandez Krupij isn’t getting much attention:
She won Miss Venezuela in 2008 and Miss Universe 2009, and now she’s winning the hearts and minds of Venezuelan protesters standing in opposition to socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
Stefania Fernandez Krupij’s beautiful visage has been turned into a bloody, hog-tied and disheveled version of her former self for a social media campaign aimed at spotlighting the Maduro regime’s violent crackdown on opposition protesters.
Neither is opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who has been locked up since February 18th on terrorism charges. At least two other mayors have been jailed, Air Force members taken into custody, over 30 people have died and over 1,500 protesters detained.
The Washington Times reports:
A key opposition leader jailed for more than a month by Venezuela’s protest-embattled government says leaders from across Latin America are engaged in a “shameful silence” toward human rights abuses being carried by “paramilitary groups” loyal to Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.
The U.S. and Canada-backed Organization of American States is also ignoring what Leopoldo Lopez, a former district mayor in Caracas detained since Feb. 18 on “arson and conspiracy” charges, described as a Maduro government crackdown on protestors and intimidation campaign against opposition leaders.
“The [OAS], which represents nations in the Western Hemisphere, has abstained from any real leadership on the current crisis of human rights and the looming specter of a failed state, even though it was formed precisely to address issues like these,” Mr. Lopez wrote in an op-ed published in Tuesday’s New York Times.
Question: Where is Hollywood’s elite? One would think that the situation would be right up their alley. It’s perfect for them. Actors and actresses can get up on their moral pedestal, raise money, moan about oppressed people and then pat themselves on the back for their efforts — all the while knowing deep down that they’ll never have to actually make real sacrifices for the people they claim to care about.
Answer: They’re nowhere. They’re “consciously uncoupled” from the situation because the politics cut too close to home. Hollywood is filled with ideological allies of Bill “socialism works” Maher and Sean Hugo-Chavez-was-my-boy Penn. When they do get the “news” and it’s not from Jon Stewart, it might come from NPR, which is so morally confused that it still maybe-sorta-kinda thinks Maduro might be right when he blames “unscrupulous businessmen” for the disastrous Venezuelan economy.
If you’re looking for a network that has actually allotted a decent amount of time to Venezuela as of late, I’d have to say CNN makes the grade. The rest? Radio silence.
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to look and see what Sean Penn has been saying about student protesters in Venezuela. My guess is that I’m not going to find much.