Venezuelan state-owned television network VTV premiered this week fragments of a new cartoon series called “Super Mustache.” The main character represents Nicolás Maduro, the socialist dictator, who confronts “the empire” of the United States.
The transmitted fragments of the series show Maduro’s facial hair, which makes him easily recognizable. In addition, he appears in an outfit almost identical to that of the U.S. superhero Superman, including a blue cape and tight red pants.
In the fragment aired for just over a minute, the “villains” of the series, who appear to represent former President Donald Trump and Venezuelan opponents of the socialist regime, can also be seen.
The supposed villains seek to generate chaos “to overthrow” Venezuela. In this context, the people cry out to the superhero to solve a national blackout caused by a missile fired by Trump to disable the country’s power grid.
It should be noted that Venezuela suffers blackouts regularly due to the abysmal management of the electricity system carried out by the socialist dictatorship. The same happens with the supply of fuel, food, medicines, and other issues vital to achieving the development of a nation.
However, this does not seem to be a drawback for Super Mustache. The superhero arrives immediately; although he is warned that it is a massive attack, he quickly flies up and, with a fist full of “super strength,” destroys the missile traveling from the United States. All the electric energy returns to the country. The comic ends with the figure of Super Mustache presented as “indestructible.”
The idea of “Super Mustache” emerged in 2019 during a press conference in which Maduro ironically defended himself from the accusations of the former president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, who had assured that the Chavista dictator was behind the violent protests that were unleashed in his country.
Moreno had been elected by a coalition of leftist parties, but he quickly broke away from it when he took office, provoking great suspicion throughout the progressive political arc.
At that time, Moreno was attempting to remove the gas subsidy against the leftist sectors that opposed the reform by means of violence, looting businesses, and attacking police forces until they finally succeeded in getting the president to reverse his policy.
Then Moreno announced that investigations had found links between the rioters and Maduro’s socialist forces, prompting the dictator’s subsequent remarks about “Super Mustache.”
In 2013 Venezuela had released a cartoon series called “Chavez in Heaven,” launched by state television. It showed late President Hugo Chavez arriving to heaven and being greeted by many deceased Latin American leftist leaders, among them Simon Bolivar and the Argentine guerrilla Ernesto “Che” Guevara. At the same time, the U.S. symbol “Uncle Sam” comes to a catastrophic end.
This type of propaganda broadcast by Venezuelan state television has been recurringly used by Maduro’s dictatorship to reach children and adults through the supposed sympathy of the animations.