To help mitigate Venezuela’s heinous murder rate, Maduro wants to crack down on… soap operas

posted at 5:01 pm on January 20, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Earlier this month, a former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband were on their way to vacationing in the mountains of Venezuela when they were carjacked and murdered by a gang of marauding highway bandits — and it was only by chance that their five-year-old daughter in the backseat suffered only a non-fatal gunshot wound in her leg. Such incidents, along with robberies and kidnappings, are pretty common in the country of 29 million in which, by one estimate, one person is violently killed every 21 minutes. The ‘official’ homicide rate provided by the national government for 2013 put the number of deaths at around 39 per 100,000 inhabitants, but non-government organizations claim that the real rate is actually double that for a grand total of 24,000 murders just last year.

This particular pair of murders, however, has set off another firestorm of national outrage among Venezuelans, and as ever, flailing Chavez-successor Nicolas Maduro is trying to quell those persnickety masses with empty salvos rather than substantive solutions. Via Reuters:

President Nicolas Maduro will urge representatives of Venezuela’s television stations on Monday to change what he calls a culture of violence glamorized by the media.

Voters routinely cite violent crime as their top concern. In the latest case to put pressure on the government, gunmen shot dead a former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband in front of their young daughter.

Maduro, who narrowly won a presidential election last April to succeed his late mentor Hugo Chavez, has accused TV stations – especially popular soap operas, or “telenovelas” – of glamorizing guns, drugs and gangsters.

“We are going to build a culture of peace,” he said last week, summoning representatives of local terrestrial and cable channels to the Miraflores presidential palace on Monday.

“They transmit negative values of death, drugs, arms, violence and treachery and everything bad that a human can be,” he said.

In the faux-crusade to address the same problem of burgeoning violence five years ago, Chavez enacted a ban on violent video games and toys (but oddly enough, the rise of his Bolivarian revolution seems to have correlated quite nicely with the 105 percent rise in the number of homicides since he first came to power). Since Maduro’s guiding governing philosophy seems to center around his eagerness to ape both the policy prescriptions and personality of Hugo Chavez, it seems that all Venezuelans will get is yet another misbegotten attempt to tame a supposed pop-culture of violence. The real socialist-driven causes — i.e., the flourishing black market that comprises Venezuela’s underground economy; the state’s endless efforts to control it that end up making the black market all the more lucrative while further contributing to net economic decline; and the scandalously corrupt and non-independent judicial system that allows for widespread criminal impunity and police misconduct — are not really up for discussion.


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I blame Chris Christie…

OmahaConservative on January 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

legalize dope, all problems solved.

Murphy9 on January 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Ban rap .
Problems solved.

burrata on January 20, 2014 at 5:14 PM

If they have an equivalent of our Fort Marcy Park then maybe they should close it?

viking01 on January 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Well, at least he didn’t blame the Jews this time.

Meryl Yourish on January 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Novellas

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2014 at 5:57 PM

South American Obama. Be proud slum dwellers. Soon he will have you in the penthouses…..pysch. Idiots, morons, and dumbasses.

msupertas on January 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Maduro– “People don’t kill people soap operas kill people. Let’s ban soap operas” or something like that.

KW64 on January 20, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Soap operas killed Muhammad Ali.

rogerb on January 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I blame Chris Christie…

OmahaConservative on January 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

No, the blame goes to George Booooooooooosh

NOMOBO on January 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM

The purpose of human law is morality. When there is no rule of law, guess what else there isn’t? That dreaded morality that Leftists and Libertines say “can’t” be legislated. Stupid is as stupid does.

TXJenny on January 20, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Obama does the same thing on just not so an inconsequential scale. Everyday we do get a squirrel for his and and his ideology’s failures.

jukin3 on January 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I blame the heat down there or maybe it’s the water. They get brain parasites but not the helpful ones Fry had.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 20, 2014 at 6:26 PM

accused TV stations – especially popular soap operas, or “telenovelas” – of glamorizing guns, drugs and gangsters.

Hardest hit (and betrayed) – Sean Penn.

parke on January 20, 2014 at 6:59 PM

To help mitigate Venezuela’s heinous murder rate, Maduro wants to crack down on… soap operas

What’s really bad about this headline is that Maduro’s method to cut crime will be more effective than Obama’s preferred method: gun control.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Rumor has it that in about 6-weeks novellas will be the least of Maduro’s problems.

Another Drew on January 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

To help mitigate Venezuela’s heinous murder rate, Maduro wants to crack down on… soap operas

What’s really bad about this headline is that Maduro’s method to cut crime will be more effective than Obama’s preferred method: gun control.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM

They already have a New York-style ban on civilian gun ownership. They also have a plant that makes AK’s for the army and police.

Most of the violence is due to either corrupt police and army personnel “moonlighting”, or criminal gangs that are “well-connected” to the regime’. Plus the usual run of small-time, vicious thugs who have learned that the revolucionarios’ in the capital really don’t care who they rob/rape/murder/etc., as long as they don’t mess with the rulers.

The former beauty queen and her husband? To the rulers, they were Traitors To The Revolution for having left. Don’t expect Maduro & Co. to worry much about catching their killers, no matter what the people want.

Proletarian states don’t care what happens… to the proletariat.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

You can’t beat quasi socialist populist states for the ways they find to cry look squirrel to shift blame from self inflicted crisis or to address problems…

Well I’m sure this will work as well as their attempt to address the difference between the official exchange rate and the black market rate. Maybe it will enjoy the same success of the solution to the great Venezuelan toilet paper shortage…

werehawk on January 20, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Additional thought I do wonder how long before our political powers that be look to the Venezuelan government as a source of inspiration for ways to distract voters and/or shift blame to chosen political target…

werehawk on January 20, 2014 at 8:38 PM