Hey, fellas (especially all you FUX Snoozers): Be thankful on this day that you are not Gustavo Azocar, yellow journalist of the Venezuelan opposition. Because this guy just suffered a fate worse than death, at least as far as macho Latin American males are concerned–he got the shit beaten out of him on national TV by a woman. Shorter version at BoRev; longer version here:
The woman is Iris Varela, a parliamentary deputy from the state of Tachira, nicknamed “Comandanta Fosforito” for her combative, fiery nature. Azocar wrote a defamatory book about her, in which nothing, not even the death of her newborn son (in 1992) was spared from ugly speculation. Azocar cites unnamed medical personnel at the hospital, claiming that Varela reacted with rage and vowed revenge when told that her baby had congenital malformations and was dead.
VTV’s Mario Silva, dissecting the events on his show, La Hojilla, reads out the offending chapter in the last five minutes of the video. There is insinuation that her own volatile personality was somehow to blame for her pregnancy complications and the baby’s illness, and that her reaction to the bad news was inappropriately political. Azocar states flat out that the whole event is “key” to understanding “her aggressiveness, her visceral hatred for certain political sectors, and her resentment.” In an incredible bit of pretzel logic, he links this devastating childbirth experience with the coup on February 4, when then Lt.-Col. Hugo Chavez led a failed attempt to topple the government of Carlos Andres Perez.
Who is being nasty, vengeful, and inappropriately political here? Iris Varela? Or Gustavo Azocar?
Azocar got what he had coming during a broadcast of his show (on opposition channel Globovision), when Varela, who was not interviewed for the book, showed up on set and just waded into him like a mama bear (about 1/3 of the way into the video). She repeatedly calls him out as a coward and a chicken. Azocar tries to play the innocent victim, but it’s clear that he’s playing against type. (He’s got it coming legally, too: he’s been charged under the LOPNA, or Organic Law of Protection for Children and Adolescents, with defamation and violating the privacy of a child.)
Aporrea.org is buzzing with messages of support for Iris Varela and condemnations for Azocar. And no wonder: when the political gets so nastily and needlessly personal, no one can blame a woman for defending her motherly honor with fisticuffs. Except, of course, those dirty enough to try to use her most private pain against her. People like that deserve a good, ignominious on-air pummeling. (And when watching the video, take note: she gives it to him above the belt. He hit her a lot lower in his filthy screed.)
Opposition journalists in Venezuela don’t get killed, as in Colombia. Their careers don’t even suffer if they are found guilty of complicity in fascist coups, or charged under the child-protection laws of the land. Their jobs are safe no matter what vile things they do in their capacity as members of the right-wing media. But they do have one major Achilles’ heel: They are big fat wimps, and all it takes to prove it is one feisty little Chavista lady from Tachira, refusing to take their bullshit lying down.
PS: An Australian news site has decided to give you an extremely abbreviated and misleading version, one that makes it look like this was just another crazy lady attacking a poor, defenceless man. Yet in the clip they include, Varela is denouncing Azocar as a liar and saying he gave her no right to reply to his defamation. They don’t mention THAT anywhere in the story! Someone please tell them to learn a little Spanish and look up Aporrea–their story is so incomplete that they, too, are lying to us.