This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the First Year Odyssey Seminar "More than Melodramas: Telenovelas"

Telenovelas-FYOS-2014

Telenovelas-FYOS-2014

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chávez Puts His Foot Down

Telenovelas are regulated by the government, which has caused Venezuela's production of series to decline. Many Networks have had to close down because Hugo Chávez has enforced too many regulations and rules. For instance, if an episode talks poorly of the country, they have to cut that part out in order to prevent the world from thinking Venezuela's poor. During the last few months of the popular telenovela Cosita Rica, the government pressured the network to supervise the script. The writer of Cosita Rica used one of the characters, Olegario to portray Chávez on screen. When Chávez was almost replaced from office, Olegario was almost overthrown and the real world is paralleled in the series. Chávez unfortunately was not replaced, and Venevisión is still has to abide by the strict regulations. Chávez is prohibiting his country from seeing what they want, and that is simply a good telenovela. Hopefully Chávez will stop being so uptight and for the sake of the networks, let's hope that they will have fewer regulations, allowing more networks to form and grow. I'm currently watching Dueños del Paraíso and I am sure that there are more regulations then I realize. Fortunately it is filmed in the US and Chile which has most likely allowed the writers to write more freely.



2 comments:

  1. Chavez has definitely prevented the entertainment industry of their country from being all that it could be. He has somewhat successfully prevented the revealing of the reality of Venezuela in Telenovelas, but in doing so it has in a way allowed us to understand what is really going on. For Telenovelas to thrive, they need to somehow break away from Chavez's oppression.

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  2. Yea, Chavez is definitely the definition of a control freak. In my opinion, telenovelas are strictly made to entertain the viewers. Just because the storyline can sometimes get suggestive doesn't mean it should be revoked. That edge is needed so the telenovela can be a better experience and so that it can keep the interest of its viewers. People in those South American countries live for telenovelas. Chavez shouldn't be allowed to take away from something that the majority of the people love and appreciate.

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