J.Lo, Shakira & Ricky Martin speak up in support of Alejandro Sanz

In response to the snubbing of Alejandro Sanz by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, as many as 80 Latino artists signed a petition in support of the Spanish singer, stating that they "believe in a Latin America where we are all free to express our views." Sanz made some disparaging comments about Chávez during a press conference in 2007. "I don't like him," Sanz told the local press in reference to the Venezuelan leader. 

Since then, there has been a contentious relationship between Sanz and Chevez. Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Ricky Martin and many others rallied support for the Grammy Winner, after the local government canceled a November 2007 show for vague "security reasons."

Sanz was determined not to abandon his fans in Caracas however and scheduled a stop for his latest tour in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez has recently denied the allegations that the singer is persona non grata in Venezuela and has reportedly extended an olive branch.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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