COPENHAGEN – When Hugo Chavez addressed the Copenhagen climate summit in his native tongue, all waited with eager hearts.
Unfortunately, his anti-American/capitalism/democracy/sunshine/freedom/common-sense/lactose/vision/common-sense speech was mistakenly translated to Bill Pullman’s epic speech from Independence Day. The investigation has began and is on-going.
Actual Chavez pronouncements like:
- “this summit is not democratic, it is not inclusive, but isn’t that the reality of our world, the world is really and imperial dictatorship…down with imperial dictatorships! ;)”
- “our revolution seeks to help all people…socialism, the other ghost that is probably wandering around this room, that’s the way to save the planet, capitalism is the road to hell….let’s fight against capitalism and make it obey us.”
- “I don’t think Obama is here yet. He got the Nobel Peace Prize almost the same day as he sent 30,000 soldiers to kill innocent people in Afghanistan.”
were all mistakenly translated to:
- “Mankind — that word should have new meaning for all of us today.
We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore.
We will be united in our common interests.
Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution — but from annihilation.
We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist.
And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:
“We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on!
We’re going to survive!”
Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!”
The error was noticed almost immediately by the attending delegations, but there was a solidarity of Twitter messages that ranged from I Love This Movie…LOL…! to LMFAO, HC = jersey d-bag :)
Mr. Chavez was warmly applauded after his speech, but delegates were horrified to learn that they would have to actually listen to Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe’s speech.
Bill Pullman nor Hugo Chavez were available for immediate comment.