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Internet Celebrity Hugo Chavez: Now On Twitter!

If you can’t beat ’em… after an off-color joke by Colombian singer Juanes led him to call it a “vehicle for terrorists” and a “current of conspiracy,” Venezuelan TV host (and part-time leader) Hugo Chavez has finally given up and vowed to join Twitter. This news comes shortly after his crusade to jail inconvenient bloggers ended with a promise to become one himself.

Chavez, who has been working on expanding his cult of personality by befriending several American celebrities (like Sean Penn and Courtney Love, above), is now taking his culture war to the mean streets of Twitter, where he hopes to find plenty of friends and engage in civil discourse. Obviously, Chavez has not spent much time on the Internet. From the UK Telegraph:

“Comandante Chavez is going to open his Twitter account soon to wage the battle online,” Diosdado Cabello, director of Venezuela’s state-run telecommunications agency, said on Venezuelan television, according to Bloomberg News.

“I’m sure he’ll break records for numbers of followers.”

Notice that in light of Fidel Castro‘s multiple fake deaths, Chavez has adopted the “Comandante” moniker himself. Whether Chavez will acquire a Conan O’Brien-level following on the social network is as yet unclear, but the beauty of Twitter is that this will put him in direct conversation with some of America’s loudest political voices on the right. Let’s hope the language barrier doesn’t get in the way of potentially legendary twitter battles between Chavez and, say, Glenn Beck or Andrew Breitbart.

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