August 3, 2007, - 10:18 am

Add Maria Conchita Alonso to List of Rare, SANE Actors

By Debbie Schlussel
It’s a short list, but Latina actress Maria Conchita Alonso has earned her place on it. Alonso is officially–at least on this issue–one of the saner minds in Hollywood.
Reader Richard Z sends this AP article, in which she denounces Jeff Spicoli a/k/a Sean Penn for visiting and feting Venezuelian totalitarian dictator Hugo Chavez. Right on:

CARACAS, Venezuela – Hollywood star Sean Penn applauded President Hugo Chavez as the Venezuelan leader lambasted the Bush administration and demanded an end to war in Iraq.
Chavez met privately with Penn for two hours Thursday, praising the actor as “brave” for urging Americans to impeach President Bush.

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Maria Conchita Alonso Calls Cabron Sean Penn to the Mat

“In the name of the peoples of the world, President Bush, withdraw the troops from Iraq. Enough already with so much genocide,” Chavez said before an auditorium packed with his red-clad supporters.
Penn sat near the front, at times applauding and nodding in agreement. He is the latest in a series of celebrities who have visited Caracas, including actor Danny Glover and singer Harry Belafonte.
Chavez said he and Penn discussed the question of “why the (U.S.) empire attacks Chavez so much,” saying Venezuela’s oil wealth is a key reason.
He also said Washington is “afraid that the people of the United States will learn the real truth” about the situation in Venezuela, citing his social programs for the poor.
“If the people of the United States, those millions and millions of poor people … if that nation realizes what is truly happening here, there would be a revolution in the United States,” Chavez said, eliciting applause from Penn.
Some Chavez opponents were angered by Penn’s visit.
Cuban-born actress Maria Conchita Alonso, who grew up in Venezuela, said Penn is lending support to a “totalitarian” leader who wants increasing control of society ‚Äî a charge Chavez denies.
In a phone interview from her home in Beverly Hills, Calif., Alonso said although she respects Penn as an actor, she hopes he “comes to his senses and he realizes that he’s being used.”

Penn did not speak publicly. Chavez said the actor came wanting to learn about Venezuela.
“That man has opposed the war in Iraq with all his strength, and not only that, he went to Baghdad … and now he comes here. He’s going around touring the ‘axis of evil,'” Chavez said with a chuckle.

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Hahahaha. Joe-Pesce-in-“Goodfellas”-funny.
Brava, Maria. It’s well past time someone in Hollywood spoke out against this punk. She can keep hoping, though. Neither Jeff Spicoli, nor his alter ego Penn, will come to their senses.

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3 Responses

Did I read that Penn’s pappy was also a nut-job? Is this the classic the nut doesn’t fall too far from the tree? Operative word ‘nut’.

John Cunningham on August 3, 2007 at 12:24 pm

How about Andy Garcia? He’s knows and has told the truth about Fidel and went against the Hollywood lefitsts with his movie if I recall correctly.
Sean Penn is a joke and has terrible judgment at best. Maria is right, Penn is being used. Didn’t he go over to Iran not so long ago? Then he came back and said what a great country it is.
YUP, BOTH ANDY GARCIA AND GLORIA ESTEFAN HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ON “THE LIST,” BEING RIGHT ON THIS ISSUE. ALTHOUGH ESTEFAN ALLOWED HERSELF TO BE USED BY JANET RENO IN THE JACK-BOOTED INS SEIZURE OF ELIAN GONZALEZ. SHE SAID RENO USED HER, AND THAT SHE NEVER KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO KIDNAP ELIAN.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

CarpeDiem on August 3, 2007 at 6:17 pm

Who keeps telling these actors that they’re smart?! I’m smart, but I don’t feel qualified to meet with the President of a country! I can’t believe how stupid Sean Penn is.

steve ventry on August 4, 2007 at 1:09 am

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