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Justin Timberlake Does Elton John: VIDEO

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Justin Timberlake kicked off his hosting gig on last night's SNL with a "Candle in the Wind" tribute to the recently departed Venezuelan president.

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Venezuela Foreign Minister Gets Big Round of Applause for 'Faggots' Slur Against Chavez Opposition: VIDEO

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Our tipster in Caracas writes: "This is a video today in Caracas of Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro condemning the political opposition to President Hugo Chavez. He calls them 'fascist faggots,' as he clutches a pink flower. All the other government ministers laugh and applaud.... "

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Hugo Chavez on LGBT Persecution and Marriage Equality

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In an interview conducted at the Venice Film Festival in September, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is asked his thoughts on marriage equality.

Answers Chavez, in a series of questions: "I believe that... look, each country has its customs, no? At least, in Venezuela, it is not well-regarded, no? But there are societies, there are societies, there are ideas which continue to mature [EDIT] ...what I am indeed against is any persecution against anyone based on sexual orientations...Now, [as far as gay marriage]... The same as Venezuelans, as the majority of Venezuelans, those of us who don't see it as being good...it's a state of opinion, it's a state of opinion. Which doesn't mean we are in opposition, that I am in opposition of what you might think."

Translation by Andres Duques at Blabbeando, who dug up the rare clip. Duques notes that Chavez' responses have been truncated as the interview is edited: "All in all, Chavez admits a couple of things: 1) He thinks that being gay is a 'sexual orientation' instead of being an identity; 2) Interestingly, he thinks that marriage equality is a symbol of a 'mature' society and yet he sides with the Venezuelan population that believes marriage equality is wrong, and; 3) He says that he is against persecution against anyone based on sexual orientation."

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