She states the decree in an open letter posted on NewsBusters.org."Even though I have great respect for your artistic talent," Alonso said in the letter, "I was appalled by a recent television interview where you vigorously showed support for the regime of Hugo Chavez."
The interview in question occurred during a recent appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher," the HBO talker where Penn stated that journalists should go to prison for calling Venezuela’s leader a "dictator."
"There should be a bar in which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies," Penn said,
noting that members of the "mainstream media" have repeatedly referred to the South American president as a dictator despite the fact that he has been reelected numerous times.Penn called these elections "transparent," but Alonso took him to task for this claim.
"Then WHY didn't the government allow a manual recount of the votes and computer information when doubt set in?" she said in the letter.
"Chavez did win his first elections," the former Miss Venezuela wrote, "but like Hitler, he betrayed what the country gave him."
Alonso, who was born in Cuba and raised in Venezuela, details her love for the country, but expresses sadness at how she feels Chavez has damaged the nation.
"It's startling to observe how Venezuela, where I was happily raised, is fast becoming Cuba's mirror image," she wrote, stating how Chavez is overseeing the "dismantling of fundamental democratic rights deserved by its people and citizens of the world."
Amen, Maria! And, thank you for speaking up.