Hugo Chavez forced a Colombian soap opera off the air in Venezuela because it mocked him and his country. I think he’s right about the mocking part, anyway.
A Venezuelan television station has stopped airing a Colombian soap opera after government regulators demanded its removal saying the program was offensive and denigrating to Venezuela as a country.
The soap opera “Chepe Fortuna” features an unscrupulous secretary named “Venezuela” who has a dog called “Little Hugo,” an apparent reference to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
“What disrespect for Venezuela!” Chavez said in a speech to lawmakers Saturday. “That soap is so horrible!”
Let’s see why he’s offended.
The character Venezuela, in contrast to her sister named Colombia, “is repeatedly characterized as associated with illegal activities, meddling and vulgarity,” Venezuela’s telecommunications regulatory agency Conatel said in a statement.
Chavez noted the program featured the dog named “Little Hugo” and said it’s disrespectful to the country that the character Venezuela is portrayed as ill-mannered, overweight and “arrogant.”
Yep. I’d have to say that’s about right. If the shoe fits, and all that. Little Hugo deserves no respect.