When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

15 December 2007

We will string them up by their Hermès ties!

More "socialism is so over" news:
A video of a Gucci- and Louis Vuitton-clad politician attacking capitalism then struggling to explain how his luxurious clothes square with his socialist beliefs has become an instant YouTube hit in Venezuela.

Venezuelan Interior Minister Pedro Carreno was momentarily at a loss for words when a journalist interrupted his speech and asked if it was not contradictory to criticize capitalism while wearing Gucci shoes and a tie made by Parisian luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton.

"I don't, uh ... I ... of course," stammered Carreno on Tuesday before regaining his composure. "It's not contradictory because I would like Venezuela to produce all this so I could buy stuff produced here instead of 95 percent of what we consume being imported." The video clip (www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDsdXkY4UlE) had been viewed more than 15,000 times on Thursday, a day after it was posted on the YouTube Web site.
"Vuitton-Clad Venezuealan Minister Spouts Socialism," Reuters, via Hit and Run

You don't need to speak good Spanish to appreciate Sr. Carreno's discomfiture here... or the amused reactions of the other folks in the shot.

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