Following the timely death of Hugo Chavez, the world is a little free and a little more Democratic. Despite the fact Chavez claimed to champion the poor, he actually did little to help them. They just didn’t know any better because he spoke the words they wanted to hear. While poor people are often the victims of the rich, more often, poor people are poor because they are victims of circumstance; born to people who have not yet managed to raise themselves. People who are illiterate or don’t understand the importance of education can’t be raised up through words and a few dollars of charity. No one can force people to improve their plights and simple handouts are not the answer. Apparently the three, amigos, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone and Danny Glover don’t seem to comprehend this. All three had nothing but praise and wonderful things to say about the man who attempted to seize power in 1992 by way of a coup. And whether his cause was just means little, Venezuela is a Democracy and his attempt to circumvent the legitimate means to the seat of power is abhorrent and made him little more than a two-bit, dictator. How would these scholars answer that? In his tribute to Chavez, Penn told the Hollywood Reporter, “poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela.” What Penn failed to mention is nearly half of the people in Venezuela despised him. Others were forced in to exile. But they must be the bad people. Oliver Stone said, ”I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place. Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history.” Stone also made his statement to the Hollywood Reporter. In his tribute, Glover said the following to the Grio, “In sadness and in tribute to my friend, Hugo Chavez, I join with millions of Venezuelans, Latin Americans, Caribbeans, fellow U.S. citizens and millions of freedom-loving people around the world, in hope for a rewarding future for the democratic and social development charter of the Bolivarian Revolution.” What’s so ironic about men like Penn, Stone and Glover, is they speak for the common man but they live amongst the Kings and Queens; separate from the very people who’s cause they champion. Even Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat Cake” Essentially, they are full of shit. That’s why I’m calling them out to at least say, “yes we aren’t one of the people he fought for, but we can empathize with them.” Visiting poor people in their natural surroundings and then returning to the Hills of Hollywood or Beverly, doesn’t make one a champion for justice.