A post by Pat
Oh dear, is that the growl of political incivility we hear again? It’s happening between Venezuela and Colombia so Sarah Palin is in the clear. Her critics can’t blame her without admitting she knows where these places are.
We are all to feel chastised about volatile rhetoric because a terrible tragedy which had nothing to do with volatile rhetoric made the media hysterical about volatile rhetoric. It may be instructive to see how the problem is handled elsewhere.
A Colombian T.V. soap opera depicts the relationship between two sisters, one named Colombia, the other named Venezuela. Venezuela is rather badly behaved. She has a dog named Little Hugo which also behaves badly. Some people allege the naughty dog is a reference to the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. (Hmmmm. I always had difficulty with artistic subtlety.)
The soap, Chepe Fortuna, was pulled from a private Venezuelan television channel after protests from the state regulator, so viewers will no longer be treated to the antics of two sisters, “Colombia” and “Venezuela”, the latter of which is a gossipy secretary with a troublesome dog called Little Hugo.
“That soap is so horrible,” Mr Chavez declared, in a long speech to the Venezuelan parliament. “What disrespect to Venezuela.”
The regulators agreed and the show did not air on Friday. In recent episodes, the character Venezuela has been accused of arson, and become worried about her dog. When she asks: “What will become of Venezuela without Little Hugo?” another character replies: “Venezuela will be free. Lately Little Hugo was defecating everywhere.”
Maybe Barack Obama can wag his magic finger again and make the two countries sit and behave. Kind of like he took control of the situation last week according to the swooning media. It’s more likely he and his media lapdogs would find common ground with Venezuela’s telecommunications commission. They pulled the show and issued this statement:
“After careful analysis, it was found that these contents promoted political and racial intolerance, xenophobia and incitement of crime.”
It’s all about civility. We don’t want to start behaving like animals.