Oliver Stone Compares Venezuelan Opposition to “Embittered” Cuban Exiles

Oliver Stone released his documentary “My Friend Hugo”, dedicated to the late Venezuelan president.

By Café Fuerte

Hugo Chavez and Oliver Stone.
Hugo Chavez and Oliver Stone.  Photo: telesurtv.net

HAVANA TIMES — US film director Oliver Stone is surprised at the “verbal violence” on social networks prompted by his support of the Chavez government and has compared the Venezuelan opposition to “the right-wing Cuban exiles in southern Florida.”

Stone, a confessed admirer of Venezuela’s political process, had announced that his 52-minute documentary Mi amigo Hugo (“My Friend Hugo”) was to air on the Venezuelan news channel Telesur this past Wednesday, as a tribute to the memory of former president Hugo Chavez, who passed away on March 5, 2013.

The film gathers testimonies on the late Venezuelan president from relatives, friends, intellectuals and political leaders. It was shown on Argentinean public television simultaneously.

“At least I had the guts to go down there and see it with my own eyes. Now I may not have seen everything, but I have a feeling that many of you who are writing to me are an embittered exile class, similar to the right-wing Florida Cuban exiles who’ve helped keep the US in a dungeon of ignorance rather than allowing oxygen to flow between two countries with differing points of view,” wrote Stone on his Facebook page.

Vile and Ugly Comments

“In all the social media I’ve been involved with over the years on film issues, history, and discussions of other counties—such as Japan, China, Russia, NATO, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.—I have never seen such verbal violence,” the filmmaker declared.

The 67-year-old Stone went further in his defense of the Venezuelan regime:

“You can’t you imagine the US can be involved in organizing violent protests against the government? Do you not realize that Maduro won the municipal elections in December by more than 10%? (You say “fixed elections” after every election since 2000, but there is no honorable evidence),” the film director asked.

Crazed Tea Party Republicans

Further on, Stone compared his critics to US Tea Party extremists:

“You act like a bunch of crazed U.S. Tea Party Republicans in your comments. Remember the ‘Brooks Brothers riot’ in Miami during the 2000 election debacle? You don’t read anything that’s different from what you think. You write to me calling me all kinds of horrible names. You don’t entertain any opposing ideas.”

Stone told his detractors that “invective is not reason” and invited them to see his film.

“That will, I’m sure, incentivize some of you to write me even more debased and horrible stuff. But some of you might watch the film at least. And keep your arguments and your tirades non-violent, non-threatening, and non-absolutist. Let’s elevate the debate. I Would much appreciate it. Thank you.”

Stone is also the director of Comandante (2003), a controversial portrait of Fidel Castro which gathers 30 hours of interviews with the Cuban leaders shot between 2002 and 2003.


31 thoughts on “Oliver Stone Compares Venezuelan Opposition to “Embittered” Cuban Exiles

  • Even a Granma Editor couldn’t match such spontaneous outburst of chauvinism. Is the US too generous with its enemies when it initiates coups and invades countries
    that have never killed one American citizen?

    There are many good reasons to dislike ‘communist’ Cuba but your government (and its allies including my country) seem to admire the methods of the Communist dictatorship. However, the US seems to be more determined to use those methods in an efficient manner. So when Castro expropriates all businesses on the Island there is still a huge black market that escapes the government bureaucracy. Clinton was more successful when he decided to intensify blockade when many Cubans were living on 1500-1000 calories a day.

    After years of bombardments, chemical warfare(diseases), embargo’s, terrorist attacks, foreign invasions, imposition of dictators and the occupation of the Guantanamo harbor, the Granma editor might adopt doctrines like ‘my government is too generous to its enemies who are possessed with hate and I better focus
    on the enemies instead of criticizing my own murderous government’.

    Even when the editor gets second thoughts he will still stick to the story since that’s more convenient in Cuba. If he would live in a society where his rights are well protected, he might start to oppose his own government which according to you resembles the Spanish monarchical empire.

    However, you demonstrate that living in a free society does not necessarily mean that one starts to be interested in the imperialist policies of one’s own government.

    Maybe I just fail to appreciate your world view. It could be the case that your leaders are actually the good guys. When president Nixon instructed to ‘make the Chilean
    Economy scream’ and brought in a dictator to replace the elected president, it might have been part of his dedication to democracy promotion.

    When Chileans and other peoples in the hemisphere protest over these policies whithout killing any american citizen (let alone organizing terrorist attacks and installing dictators in the white house) , they are ‘enemies possessed with hate’. No matter how many hollywood blockbusters they watch, as long as poeple get funny ideas about having a say in the policies of their state they are enemies full of hate – on 2 days marching from texas as Reagan puts it

  • I find it hard to take Oliver Stone’s remarks seriously. Clearly, the Venezuelan opposition accuses the Maduro government of being a puppet regime of Cuba’s. But it’s important to know that Maduro and the Chavistas have not followed in Cuba’s footsteps in terms of sending the opposition to the firing squad or banning all opposition parties. It’s also good to know that no Venezuelan businessmen have ever escaped to the US just as the Cuban sugar mill owners did in the 60s after Castro confiscated their mills and land holdings. If conservatives and Cuban American fanatics believe that Venezuela’s Maduro is a 21st century Fidel Castro, they fail to mention that Venezuela’s constitution neither enshrines one party rule nor bans private property as set out in Cuba’s 1976 constitution.

  • I have been to Venezuela. Venezuelans were duped by Chavez into believing his giveaways would not come at a price to the health of the economy. His free houses and cars and medical services and subsidized energy prices are NOT FREE. These populists tactics were short-term tools to excite and motivate poor people to believe that they could improve the quality of their lives without more risk or hard work. This is the lie that socialists continue to tell poor people. The truth is that without hard work and a level playing field, the socialist ideology always results in lowering quality of life and making people poorer not richer.

  • Typical Marxist propagandist. If anything, the United States has been too generous even to its enemies who are possessed with hate. The Cuban Communist regime is the worst thing that has ever happened to the Western Hemisphere. The Communist dictatorship inCuba picked up from where the Spanish monarchical empire left off (keep in mind that the father of the Castro brothers, Angel Castro, was a Spanish military officer who fought under the command of Gen. Valeriano Weyler during the Spanish American War). Quit smearing my country, you loon.

  • And you support the Cuban Communist-backed dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro (who is Colombian, not Venezuelan) in Venezuela. The Cuban Communist dictatorship is backing the Communist puppet regime in Venezuela. By the way, Maduro stole the presidential election this past April. His Cuban Communist-backed dictatorship also stole the municipal election this past December, you Communist loon. Why don’t you condemn the Castro dictatorship in Cuba for trying to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Colombia by financing terrorist groups like the FARC and the ELN? Why don’t you condemn the Castro dictatorship and the Maduro puppet regime for meddling in the affairs of Puerto Rico (which is a US territory), where a majority of residents there are proud American citizens who want statehood, not independence, for the island territory. You are an apologist for Stalinism/Maoism.

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