When we hear stories about a high dollar American celebrity becoming buddies with a controversial and dangerous foreign leader, the first name to come to mind is usually Dennis Rodman and his rather unusual relationship with North Korea’s diminutive dictator. This week, however, there’s a new twist on that familiar old tale. In Living Color alumnus and current Verizon pitch man Jamie Foxx (real name: Eric Morlon Bishop) has been doing some international diplomatic work himself, showing up to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his socialist revolution. And to be clear… Nicolas Maduro can use all the support he can get these days, what with his country falling into riots and chaos as starving citizens fight over scraps of food. (Associated Press)
Actor Jamie Foxx has met with President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
Foxx, who won the Oscar Award for “Ray” in 2004, visited Maduro in the presidential palace in Caracas. State media said Foxx was there to support the country’s socialist revolution and attend the signing of an agreement between Venezuela and its allies for the construction of houses for the poor.
Foxx posed for photos with the deeply-unpopular president of the economically embattled South American country.
What’s going on here? Until his country went completely broke Maduro was giving the back of his hand to the United States and seeking to actively undermine us. His “socialist revolution” has continued to oppress and starve the people of Venezuela to the point where citizens are being arrested for trying to buy food. All the while, the privileged members of his party are living the high life as their countrymen starve. This is the regime that Foxx wants to prop up?
Here’s where you’re most likely to see Jamie Foxx these days. He’s a top line spokesperson for Verizon.
I’m never one to promote boycotts of people over their political preferences and I’m not about to start now. But shouldn’t a company the size of Verizon have a bit more sense than this? How much are you paying this guy to represent you and is this really the image you want to project? It boggles the mind.
Foxx wasn’t alone on the trip, by the way. He was joined by the somewhat less well known actor, Lukas Haas. Mr. Haas is also apparently a fan of socialist dictators. Here’s a charming picture of all of them together.
Seriously, Hollywood. Is nobody going to condemn this? It’s bad enough that we accept Tinseltown’s normal predilections toward socialist policy here in our own country, but must you actually support and endorse your flock when they are actively helping to prop up tyrants?