Chavez Supporters Can't Take Moore's Joke

Filmmaker's Jimmy Kimmel interview irks Chavistas
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2009 8:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – So Michael Moore and Hugo Chavez walk into a hotel, split a bottle and a half of tequila, and ... what's the punchline? There isn't one for Chavistas torqued over the filmmaker's joke to Jimmy Kimmel that the two partied down at the Venice Film Festival, and Moore's claim that he wrote the Venezuelan president’s UN speech for him, the New York Times reports.

One widely circulated essay denounced Moore as “a most unfortunate coward,” and many have called for him to apologize—while one anti-Chavez group used Moore’s description of Chavez’s hard-partying hotel suite as an example of the president’s wasteful spending. 
Still, at least one Chavez supporter seemed to get the joke, calling it “tremendous” and wondering, “What happened to irony?” (Read more Michael Moore stories.)

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