“Sorry To Bother You” filmmaker says he’s a victim of censorship. Not his films, but his tweets. Why? He says because he’s speaking out against the CIA getting involved in Venezuelan politics.
Currently, Venezuela actually has two presidents battling over control. There are also two “national assemblies.” “President Nicolás Maduro claims to be Venezuela’s constitutional president because he won the presidential election in July 2018. On January 23 2019, Juan Guaidó, one month after becoming president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, disputed Maduro’s legitimacy and declared the presidency vacant. He then took an oath to serve as the interim president of Venezuela,” Heavy reported.
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To say it’s chaos is an understatement. Some observers are worried the CIA might get involved. Thus Riley tweets about U.S. interference in the South American country. And the filmmaker feels witter is blocking his tweets.
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He tweeted: “My tweets have definitely been reaching only a very small percentage of my 120k followers since I started tweeting against the CIA messing w Venezuela. But it’s great that Twitter makes people THINK there’s freedom of speech under capitalism.”
In another tweet Riley posted: “Here’s a Venezuela opposition supporter racistly railing vs the Black journo I rt’d showing a supermarket full of food (rt’d many others too). They say ‘this is a private one, show public ones (for poor ppl)’. But even Amnesty Intnat’l sez Chavistas have support in the poor hoods.”
Boots Riley added: “Maduro is so hated in Venezuela that in the election when half the population turned out to vote (same voter turnout as US), 70% of them voted for Maduro. The person the US wants to install DIDNT EVEN RUN IN THE ELECTION.”
Riley s so passionate about the situation in Venezuela he even called out U.S. intervention in the country when he accepted his award at the recent Spirit Awards, the night before the Oscars.
“Sorry to Bother You” won best first feature. This is director Boots Riley accepting the award. Some industry insiders wonder why Riley was shut out of the Oscars.
During his acceptance speech a the Spirit Awards, Riley said: “The CIA is trying to have a coup in Venezuela. I haven’t been watching since I’ve been here, so they might be doing it right now. And we should all be putting our voices out to stop the U.S. from having regime change for oil in Venezuela.”
“After Riley was cut off on stage, he continued to speak out on the issue backstage, raising the U.S.’s history of regime change in Chile, Iraq and Guatemala,” the Daily Mail reported.
The U.S. has been trying to deliver humanitarian aid despite objections from President Nicolas Maduro.
“However, many are claiming the aid mission is merely a front for CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)-sponsored political meddling in the region,” the Daily Mail reported.
Riley isn’t the only celebrity who feels the CIA is planning a coup in the region. Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters has also voiced concern that the United States has “decided to take over Venezuela.”
Also NPR recent editorialized: “The U.S. effort to distribute tons of food and medicine to needy Venezuelans is more than just a humanitarian mission. The operation is also designed to foment regime change in Venezuela — which is why much of the international aid community wants nothing to do with it.”