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Chavez Goes After Fox TV’s ‘Family Guy’

From his fans at the Associated Press:

Venezuela to fine networks that air ‘Family Guy’

Fri Sep 25

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan authorities plan to impose fines on cable television companies that refuse to stop airing the animated television series "Family Guy."

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami says the program should be pulled from the airwaves because it promotes the use of marijuana.

El Aissami was outraged by a recent episode in which the show’s characters started a campaign to legalize marijuana.

He said Thursday that cable networks that broadcast "Family Guy" would be fined by Venezuela’s telecommunications regulator if they refuse to dump the program.

The government of President Hugo Chavez is preparing to impose new regulations on cable television. Among other rules, cable providers could be forced to carry Chavez’s frequent speeches.

We question the timing of this.

After all, Mr. Chavez does not seem to have

As we noted back in January 2008, the Miami Herald reported:

Chávez says he chews coca daily

Analysts said Chávez’s comments before National Assembly amounted to a dangerous endorsement and might be an admission of an illegal act.

Posted on Sun, Jan. 20, 2008


Venezuela’s controversial President Hugo Chávez has revealed that he regularly consumes coca — the source of cocaine — raising questions about the legality of his actions.

Chávez’s comments on coca initially went almost unnoticed, coming amid a four-hour speech to the National Assembly during which he made international headlines by calling on other countries to stop branding two leftist Colombian guerrilla groups as terrorists and instead recognize them as “armies.”

“I chew coca every day in the morning… and look how I am,” he is seen saying on a video of the speech, as he shows his biceps to the audience.

Chávez, who does not drink alcohol, added that just as Fidel Castro “sends me Coppelia ice cream and a lot of other things that regularly reach me from Havana,” Bolivian President Evo Morales “sends me coca paste… I recommend it to you.”

It was not clear what Chávez meant. Indigenous Bolivians and Peruvians can legally chew coca leaves as a mild stimulant and to kill hunger. But coca paste is a semi-refined product — between leaves and cocaine — considered highly addictive and often smoked as basuco or pitillo

More seriously, Venezuelan and Bolivian analysts said Chávez’s comments amount to a dangerous endorsement of a substance controlled around the world, and perhaps even an illegal act by a very public head of state.

“If he is affirming that he consumes coca paste, he is admitting that he is consuming a substance that is illegal in Bolivia as well as Venezuela,” said Hernán Maldonado, a Bolivian analyst living in Miami. “Plus, it’s an accusation that Evo Morales is a narco-trafficker” for sending him the paste.

Morales is the longtime head of a Bolivian coca-growers’ union and is known to chew coca in public, even during cabinet meetings, since he took office

So perhaps we can be forgiven if we suspect there is something more to Mr. Chavez’s attack on Fox’s Family Guy.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Chavez Goes After Fox TV’s ‘Family Guy’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Hugo looks like a queer wearing his Gay Pride sash to official functions.

    What a whack job …….. talk about some inbreeding going on here!

    • No need to bash gay people to insult dictators–we didn’t do anything to you.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      You prefer I call him a “Gay Guy” or a “Homo”?
      I don’t speaky PC so don’t expect an apology from me. If it’s an apology you need …………. bark at Barry. I’m quite sure he has one on the ruff and ready!

  2. GL0120 says:

    Somehow, I can just picture him and TCO, sitting around, chewing cocoa leaves and grinning like the loons they are.

  3. proreason says:

    Birds of a feather.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Seth Macfarlane is a bloody creative genius. I don’t care if he’s a lefty, a righty or an in-betweeny….His show is a scream.

    • proreason says:

      Are there any characters as hilarious as that insect exterminator neighbor of Hank Hill’s?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I’m not sayin’ that I know a Mr Hank Hill. I’m not sayin’ that I DON’T know a Mr Hank Hill. But my position on that is “no comment” and you can quote me. That’s Shackleford S-H-A-C…….

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Thank God! I thought Chavez was nuts. HE’S JUST STONED!

  6. Tater Salad says:

    Chavez, go chew your Coco leaves moron. I bet you would be like a kid in a candy store if you were in Afghanistan and all those popply fields. Just what this world needs is a drug addict in charge of a country with weapons coming in from Russia to muscle surrounding south American countries. Danny Glover, Michael Moore and list continues are all friends of Barack Obama and they are Chavez friends.

  7. beautyofreason says:

    I suppose he likes to ingest cocaine before his speeches…explains a lot.

    On the other hand, perhaps he missed his cocaine dose before he gave the U.N. rant comparing Bush to Satan.

  8. canary says:

    It was obvious Hondurous’s exhiled leader, was high on something, when he compared himself to having Jesus’s power. You can see it in the pictures how happy they all were, just as Obama was so happy on his visit. Strange Chavez paid the WH a visit over the coup. No telling what Obama ate or smoked on his visits, but he sure was handsy and fuzzy during it. Obama made alot of statements on his long drug use, but never gave a defining moment, nor said he quit.

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