Mexican actress Kate del Castillo has sparked a controversy, posting a Twitter message in which she offered her support to drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, known as the world's most powerful drug trafficker.
Today, I trust in El Chapo Guzman more than I do the governments that hide painful truths, that hide the cure for cancer, AIDS, etc. for their own benefit and wealth, the actress wrote on Twextra for her Twitter account, which later was confirmed genuine by her publicist in an email to Associated Press.
Mr. Chapo. Wouldn't it be swell if you started trafficking in good? In cures for diseases, in food for street children, in alcohol for the elderly in shelters where they are not allowed to spend their last years doing whatever the f_ck they feel like, in trafficking with corrupt politicians and not with women and children who end up like slaves? the actress wrote.
The lengthy message, which ends with: Life is a business, the only thing that changes is the product, has become a subject of heated debates over the Internet.
The daughter of Mexican cinema legend Eric del Castillo, Kate was appointed Ambassador for the Mexican Commission on Human Rights in 2009 and the following year she helped launch the Blue Heart Campaign, in order to raise awareness and fight human trafficking.
She was named one of the Stars of the Year in 2007 and made it to the list of 25 Most Influential Women and 50 Most Beautiful by People en Español magazine, in 2011.
Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo arrives at the 2011 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival special screening of "Without Men" during the Maya Indie film series in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, July 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo poses for photographers as she arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual Installation luncheon in Beverly Hills August 9, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo poses at the 10th annual Latin Grammy awards in Las Vegas, Nevada November 5, 2009. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo speaks to Reuters about the movie "American Visa," by Bolivian director Juan Carlos Valdivia, in which she co-starred with Damian Bichir, in La Paz, August 2, 2004. REUTERS/David Mercado RR/HB
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo poses at the 8th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas November 8, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni