Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Socialist soap

In his unending quest to control all facets of life, Señor Hugo has a new suggestion, or perhaps more of a directive: stop making capitalist soap operas, and make socialist ones.

Chavez: Venezuela needs ‘socialist’ soap operas
The Associated Press - Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 | 12:26 p.m.

President Hugo Chavez says there's too much capitalism on Venezuelan TV. So he's urging producers to start making films and TV shows that stress socialist values.  Chavez says producers should be making "socialist soap operas."

He said Sunday he recently visited Cuba "and they have soaps there. But they're not capitalist soap operas." Cuba does make some of its own programming. One of Sunday's offerings was "Our History: I Die for the Revolution." But its state-run television channels also airs Brazilian soaps, Walt Disney cartoons and programs such as "Desperate Housewives."

Oops. I Die for the Revolution doesn't stand a chance against Desperate Housewives, one would think.

Chavez-allied producers made a 2004 soap opera called "Love Inside the Barrio" that emphasized socialist values but failed to draw many viewers.

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