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[VIDEO] People Are Boycotting Salt Bae Restaurants After He Was Recorded Serving Steak To Venezuela’s President As Venezuelans Starve

Salt Bae is facing harsh criticism after feeding Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

The viral sensation won the hearts of millions with his unique, maybe unsanitary, way of salting slabs of meat for his adoring fans. However, some of that love has soured after Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, posted videos to Instagram of him serving Venezuela’s president and his wife. President Maduro was in Istanbul, Turkey when he visited Nusr-Et steakhouse for a taste of the celebrity chef’s famous steaks. Maduro was on his way home from a trip to China where he was trying to raise money to help the failing South American country.

Venezuelan citizens have lost 24 pounds on average since 2017 because of the economic disaster that has left 90 percent of the population in poverty. The videos of Maduro and Gökçe acting like pals has caused severe backlash and Gökçe has deleted the videos from his Instagram page. However, the internet never forgets and screen recordings live forever. President Maduro and Gökçe shared a hug at the end of the post and the two spoke about reconnecting in Caracas, Venezuela in the future.

Upset Venezuelans and sympathizers have taken to Gökçe’s Instagram account to air their anger.

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There’s nothing a few emojis can’t say.

Others have suggested that he should visit Venezuela and experience the economic collapse personally.

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Venezuela’s economy has been on a sever downward spiral since 2015. The economic crisis led to political and social unrest as citizens of the South American country lost everything, including the ability to buy food.

And some people started calling for a boycott of Gökçe’s restaurants.

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Venezuelans across the world are infuriated at images of President Maduro and his wife eating steak while their citizens starve and fall deeper into economic despair.

Fans and social media followers are asking for an apology.

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As of the writing of this article, Gökçe has only deleted the posts and seems to act like nothing happened. Not once has he acknowledged the anger from fans and Venezuelans.

A lot of people are furious at his silence in the face of mounting criticism.

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While President Maduro and Gökçe continue their lives, outrage has mounted and protests have sprung up in front of Nusr-Et steakhouses.

Angry Venezuelans and supports protested in front of Gökçe’s Miami restaurant.

Thousands of Venezuelans have fled from the South American country and sought shelter in Miami. Much like the Cuban population, they have made the south Florida city their home and are using their voice to bring attention to the catastrophe of their homeland.

The crowd chanted, “Boycott. Boycott. Boycott.”

Hundreds of Venezuelans and sympathizers made it clear that they will not be silenced. Their anger and outrage caused a stir in front of the restaurant as the crowd demanded an apology.

Despite protests, Gökçe has remained silent.

A look through his Instagram shows several posts since the videos were taken down of him in suits and sunglasses modeling for the camera. Fans are waiting for an official apology from Gökçe.


READ: People Are Furious At Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Eating An Empanada Live On TV While Citizens Starve

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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

Carmen De Leon is a rising star hailing from Caracas, Venezuela. The 20-year-old singer moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 10 years old and then two years later moved with her family to Barcelona, Spain and lived there for six years. While in Spain, Carmen found success participating in La Voz, and started to build a following that would tune in every week to see her perform. Then she lived in Mexico for a year, Los Angeles for another year and is now settled in Miami working on her music career.

In an exclusive interview with Latido Music by mitú, Carmen De Leon talked to us about her latest single “Pasado” with Cali y El Dandee, from which she drew inspiration from her very own break-up and reminiscing about the past. We also touched on “Cafecito“, the bittersweet song in memory of her grandparents, her dream collab, and more.

Pasado” is inspired by Carmen De Leon’s real-life breakup.

Carmen recruited Colombian singers Cali y El Dandee for her latest single “Pasado,” blending 80s synthpop with reggaeton, a true popetón hit you can dance to and perhaps cry to.

On working with Cali y El Dandee, Carmen has nothing but praise for the Colombian duo, “they are like my brothers, they’re insanely talented, genuine and humble.”

It was Dandee who actually wanted her to let her feelings all out for the song.

“At that moment while I was writing the song, I was actually breaking up with my boyfriend, and I had Mauricio (Dandee) saying to me: ‘Just tell me more. Whatever you’re texting him, say it out loud so we have the right words for the song’ and that’s what we did,” Carmen says.

Just like the lyrics of the song long about the past, so did the music video which was purposely made in the film to capture the “old vibe” they were seeking to portray.

Carmen feels like this is the best song that she has made in her entire life. “It’s changed my life in a way because it’s opened me up to new audiences and I love seeing people react to it and relate to it.”

Earlier this year, Carmen released “Cafecito” which isn’t about your beloved morning beverage.

Most of us would read the title “Cafecito” and think it’s just an upbeat morning pick-me-up song, but it isn’t. “Cafecito” is a bittersweet single that Carmen says she wrote, “at 4 a.m. in the middle of a hurricane because I missed my grandparents so much, and I wanted to write about what it feels like to lose someone.”

While her abuelitos were the main inspiration behind the lyrics, the song does capture the feeling of loss that could apply to those of us losing a friendship, relationship, etc.

Before I even finish the question about her dream collaboration, Carmen excitedly yelled “Camilo!,” which also happens to be one of her favorite covers she’s posted on her YouTube channel.

Carmen’s dad chimed in the interview as well to plug in his favorite cover, which is “Graveyard” by Halsey.

We can only hope that Carmen DeLeon and Camilo collab happens and that this article serves as manifestation for it.

Good luck with everything, Carmen!

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Democratic Senators Introduce Legislation to Grant Venezuelan Migrants Temporary Protected Status, Prevent Deportation

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Democratic Senators Introduce Legislation to Grant Venezuelan Migrants Temporary Protected Status, Prevent Deportation

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After years of living in a state of uncertainty about their future, Venezuelan refugees in the U.S. might finally be granted long-term protection by the U.S. government.

On Monday, Democratic senators took the official steps towards granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelan migrants in the U.S.

A similar resolution passed in the House in 2019, but was blocked by Republicans in the senate.

This time if passed, TPS could protect 200,000 Venezuelan citizens currently in the U.S, according to estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

Although former President Trump issued a Deferred Enforced Departure decree (DED) on his final day in office, critics and immigration experts alike argue that this action didn’t go far enough.

“After four years of empty promises and deceit, nobody believes Donald Trump had an epiphany on his last day in office and decided to protect the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans he was forcing into the shadows,” said New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez in a statement.

Indeed, Trump DED order only delayed deportation of undocumented Venezuelans for up to 18 months. But TPS would grant Venezuelan refugees protected status.

“TPS is an immigration status that can lead to a green card under President Joe Biden’s immigration proposal,” Miami-based immigration lawyer Laura Jimenez told NBC News.

“TPS is based in statute and is a legal immigration status, as opposed to Deferred Enforced Departure,” Menendez, who was born in New York City to Cuban immigrants, said. “That is why we are relaunching our campaign to actually stand with those fleeing the misery caused by the Maduro regime.”

Throughout his campaign, President Biden promised he would extend Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan refugees, so now the refugee community wants to see him act on that promise.

Venezuela’s economy collapsed under the repressive regime of Nicolás Maduro, shrinking by approximately 64%.

Not only are there widespread food shortages and massive inflation, but Maduro’s critics are being jailed and silenced by other nefarious means.

Because of all this, the South American country facing what Bloomberg calls “a refugee crisis of unprecedented proportions.” As of now, some 5.4 million Venezuelans are in exile, with 600 more leaving the country every day.

But with the news of a likely extension of Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans in the U.S., many Venezuelans are starting to feel optimistic about the future.

“Now, I feel like I’m really a part of this society and we keep supporting this country,” said Tampa resident Jennifer Infante to Bay News 9 about the recent Congressional news. “I think we deserve this opportunity because we came to make this country a better place and to keep moving forward.”

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