Like many developing nations, Venezuela continues to struggle with the heart-wrenching problems that have plagued our human existence for millennia: poverty, hunger, inequa—OMG NAOMI CAMPBELL IS HERE!!!!
Yeah. You may have read that Venezuela’s president got a visit from a famous leggy Brit yesterday. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the cult of the supermodel. I think they tend to be vapid and inarticulate and frankly, not representative of the real world. Which is why it was refreshing to see an American TV channel use the visit as a “hook” to discuss some of the compelling political topics relevant to contemporary Venezuela. The channel was Fox News of course, and so the analyst was FORMER MISS VENEZUELA MARIA CONCHITA ALONSO!!! She wore clothes and everything, signally her seriousness and willingness to talk about the issues. Like:
Constitutional Democracy: “Last week, we have a huge march that the students organized, but not all the students went into the march. Hundreds of thousands of people against the constitution.”
Education: “They don't know that. In a country that exports gas, oil, one of the biggest in the world. For people to have a hard time finding gas themselves in the gas stations.”
Children’s Rights: “I don't think that in the new constitution they know that the children below 18 years old are going to be owned by the government.”
Anger Management: “I'm in such a — I'm so angry right now that I'm trying to control myself, because his point is to grab these ignorant people, really, that have no idea what is going on right now in the country, to have them as his allies to show the world that he is a good man. You know?”
Thanks, Conchita! Thanks, Fox News! You portrayal of the Venezuelan ex-pat opposition is about as spot on accurate as it is articulate.