Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan president, has become the target of jokes and memes after confusing what SOS means on national television. SOS is an international code signal of extreme distress, but Maduro thought it was the way Argentines conjugate the verb to be. The president has been fighting the portrayal of the Venezuelan situation by the media, both national and international. The country has been in a situation of unrest since students organized a protest to demand improvements in the country’s security, economy and general environment.
The protests eventually turned bloody when police force came into action, wounding several and killing 5 people officially. Meanwhile, Maduro is trying hard to make everyone believe that the country is fine, and has gone as far as kicking out American diplomats who he accused of helping students finance the protests, blocking images on Twitter, and most recently, threaten to ban CNN. He even said that the administrative process to remove them from Venezuela has started if they don’t rectify their content.
“All 24 hours their programming is about war. They want to show the world that there is a civil war in Venezuela, when the people here are working, studying and helping their country,” said Maduro, which caused a feeling of disgust among the thousands of Venezuelans involved in the protests and living through the scary situation going on in their country. The citizens of Venezuela have created several hashtags on Twitter to follow updates of what’s happening. One of them is #SOSVenezuela, which Maduro recently confused, making him in the center of many jokes.
“Se les va a salir la baba a los anclas de CNN cuando vean esto. Sos Venezuela. ¿Ah? Yo te diría, fascista: Vos no sos Venezuela, vos sos gringo,” said Maduro in Spanish, which means “All CNN anchors are going to drool when they see this. SOS Venezuela. Huh? I would tell you, fascist: You are not Venezuela, you are American!” It still isn’t clear if Maduro “confusing” the call for help with the way Argentines conjugate the verb to be (You are = Vos sos) was a joke or if he didn’t really know what SOS means. But most people seem to think the latter is most likely. Check out the video below.