The day in anger: Jewelers hate on Leo; Chavez hates on video games

Post “Da Vinci Code,” the worlds is a might tetchy about nearly everything.
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News came today that the U.S. jewelry industry, per MSNBC, “is gearing up to counter any negative effects from the upcoming film ‘The Blood Diamond,’ which shows how illicit gem trade fuelled bloody civil wars, a trade group said.”

That film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a South African mercenary jailed for smuggling in Sierra Leone circa 1999, a time when the nation was in the midst of a horrific civil war. And DiCaprio’s character specializes in the sale of ‘blood diamonds,’ also known as ‘conflict diamonds’- the precious stones used to finance rebellions, privateers and terrorists.

Needless to say, jewelwers are not keen to be associated with that – at least, not publicly.D3605AM1.jpg

Simultaenously, Venezuela’s legislature is furious over a new video game, which provides “a blueprint for violently overthrowing President Hugo Chavez,” per Reuters.

The game, Pandemic‘s “Mercenaries 2: World in Flames,” is due out next year. No word if Pandemic will time the game’s release to our planned assasination of Chavez. Now, that would be a PR coup.

Well, it would be a regular coup, too, I suppose. But you get the idea.