[Marxism] Hugo Chavez: populist politician, popular entertainer
Paul H. Dillon
illonph at pacbell.net
Fri Oct 21 07:20:20 MDT 2005
The following story really brings home one of the "edges" that major sectors
of the U.S. Left will have to confront when admitting Chavez into the
puritanical folds of their ideological acceptance: Chavez' overt use of
sexual distinctions as an element of his discourse, even when he is the butt
of the joke. American political discourse after all is so puritancially
and hypocritically desexed, both right and left.
Hugo Chavez: populist politician, popular entertainer
By Bernd Debusmann Thu Oct 20,12:23 PM ET Reuters
Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, recently had an audience of foreign and
local dignitaries in stitches with a joke on himself.
Delivered with the deft timing of a stand-up comedian, the story helped show
how a leftist leader detested by Washington and much of Venezuela's
traditional elite commands a huge following among Venezuela's
The story featured Chavez -- a stocky ex-paratrooper and no model of male
beauty -- and two of his friends.
They die and are admitted to heaven but warned that touching a dark cloud
near heaven's gate would have dire consequences. Through mishaps, the two
friends touch the cloud and go missing one by one. Each returns shackled to
an extremely ugly woman.
Next, Chavez goes missing. He reappears, beaming, arm-in-arm with actress Bo
Derek. His friends protest noisily over unfair treatment. Bo Derek cuts them
off: "No. no, no. It was ME who fell and touched the cloud. So I got
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