2014 January 24
Re: Soap Operas Inspire Crime, Venezuelan President Says
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says that television soap operas are to blame for his country’s soaring homicide rate. If that sounds familiar, it’s because Hollywood director Oliver Stone recently said the same thing, claiming “fantasy violence” is “infecting the American culture.” Mr. Stone has played a key role in polishing the image of Latin American despots whose special brand of social engineering is amenable to the highbrow set, since it shifts the blame from Venezuela’s socialist economy as the cause of the violence. The moral of the story? When you have no soap, you are left with the opera.
Victoria L. Henderson
PhD Candidate and IHS H.B. Earhart Fellow
(Link to the article that prompted this letter)
Henderson, Victoria L. (2014) ‘When you have no soap …’ National Post. 24 January, A11.