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Monday, February 05, 2007

Charlize Theron is Probably Reprehensible

Actress Charlize Theron, who's produced a new documentary, East of Havana, about teenage rappers living under the Cuban dictatorship, told CNN's milquetoast Rick Sanchez during an interview yesterday that the U.S. is, like Cuba, not free. Here's my transcription.
Sanchez: Do you think the lack of freedoms in Cuba are parallel to the lack of freedoms in the United States?

Theron: Well, um, yeah, I would compare those two.

[...]

Sanchez: Sounds like you don't have a very high opinion of the United States...

Theron: Oh my God! You're so wrong... I absolutely love... Why do you think I live in the United States?

[...]

Theron: I want to make out with you right now.
Video here If Broadway Joe can't get away with this shit -- hey, at least his meltdown was funny -- then neither should Ms. Theron.

In Theron's defense, she did have some more thoughtful words on the topic for the Miami Herald yesterday:
Theron said that many of the young people she met questioned Fidel Castro's regime.

'I think the younger generation is starting to say, `You know what -- it doesn't work. We're not happy. We want to have freedom of speech. We want to be able to travel,' '' she said.
OK, fine. But such questioning may not extend to her co-filmmakers, who -- though they give the de rigeur shout out to freedom in this Latina interview -- also link to some equally de rigeur 'Oh, the wonderful Cuban healthcare/education/arts' bullshit from the film's MySpace page.

If you're looking for a better way to spend your time on something Cuban, go check out 1997's ¿Quién diablos es Juliette?, the true story of a young prostitute who is the inspiration for and subject of a documentary hatched on the spot during the filming of a music video starring Fabiola Quiroz-Brown, the Mexican wife of Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown. Good stuff. Honest.

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