In international news, yesterday the world lost the dictator Hugo Chavez, causing a few of the Hollywood bleeding hearts to lose a few extra drops today. Below is a list of just some of the friends Chavez had in American celebrities.
"54 countries around the world allowed the US to detain(& torture) suspects. Latin America, thanks 2 Chávez, was the only place that said no."
"Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela."
''I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place," he said. "Hated by the entrenched classes,
Hugo Chavez will live forever in history. My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned."
Danny Glover visited Venezuela along with the SEIU vice president and African-American activists in January 2004. He later met Chavez in January 2006 on a delegation led by actor Harry Belafonte. When Chavez visited New York in September 2006 to address the United Nations General Assembly, Glover introduced Chavez to speak at an oil-for-poor event at a Harlem church. In May 2007, the Venezuelan parliament approved $20 million to finance two Glover films, including the movie "Toussaint". Glover has also appeared on Chavez's television and radio show, "Alo Presidente!"
Spacey went to Venezuelan in September 2007 for a three-hour meeting with Hugo Chavez. In addition to the private meeting, Spacey toured a Venezuelan film studio, just at the time that Chavez was touting the Venezuelan film industry as an alternative to Hollywood filmmaking.
Campbell came away from her November 2007 meeting with Hugo Chavez calling him a "rebel angel." Campbell interviewed Chavez as a contributing editor for British GQ magazine. She asked Chavez if he would ever pose shirtless like judo master and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Chavez said, "Why not? Touch my muscles!" They bonded over their hatred of then President Bush "I found him [Chavez] to be fearless, but not threatening or unreasonable," she wrote. "I hope Venezuela's relations with America will improve in the immediate future."
When Hugo Chavez went to address the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009, he attended an exhibition of Oliver Stone's film "South of the Border." It was here that he met up with Hole singer Courtney Love, who was easily charmed by the leader. Love later said that Chavez was checking her out after the film Q&A. "It was the third wink that sold me," Love said. "He's a sexy dawg. He invited me to visit his country and I'd like to go. I'll rock Caracas!"
“If I were American, I’d vote for Obama.”- Hugo Chavez