Guillen Slams Sean Penn In Tweets For Backing Venezuela’s Chavez
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CHICAGO (CBS) — White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen continues to be annoyed with Sean Penn, over the actor’s continued defense of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Yahoo Sports reported the feud goes all the way back to March. Penn had appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” and criticized the use of the word “dictator” to describe Chavez, Yahoo reported.
In response, Guillen issued the following tweet: “Sean Penn defended Chavez is easy when you have money, and no leave in out country. Shame on you, Mr. Penn.”
But Penn is still defending Chavez. He published op-ed column appeared this past Sunday in the Huffington Post, in which he criticized economic sanctions against Venezuela, given that the country is in abject poverty.
“Oil is its primary export and the exceptionally devastating impact upon its people should be of specific consideration,” he wrote.
He added that Chavez was democratically elected and that the American media and many members of the U.S. Congress misrepresent him.
Guillen did not take kindly to this either.
“Sean Penn, if you love Venezuela please move to Venezuela for a year,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
He also tweeted that Penn move specifically to an impoverished city such as Guarenas or Guatire “to see how long you last,” and called him a “clown.”
Yahoo Sprots’ Ian Casselberry quipped that Penn and Guillen should “do a reality show together. Put Penn and Guillen under one roof in Guarenas for a month or two and let the cameras roll.”