Phone company fires supermodel for pro-Gadhafi stance

Telefonica Germany fires its American supermodel spokesperson after she declares that the West erred in backing anti-Gadhafi rebels.

I can't ever remember Catherine Zeta-Jones making political statements when she was T-Mobile's femme fatale. She might have said one or two things in favor of Welsh nationalism.

However, the rather fetching spokesperson for Telefonica Germany has managed to get herself fired by the company after uttering words that were rather supportive of the Gadhafi family.

ABC News offered that Vanessa Hessler, an Italian-American supermodel, was dismissed from her contract by Telefonica Germany, a subsidiary of the Spanish company, after she spoke of her "very beautiful love story" with Mutassim Gadhafi, 36-year-old son of the now deceased Libyan dictator.

This love reportedly lasted four years, which is longer than most loves and many dictatorships manage.

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However, Hessler seems to have upset her employers by telling the wonderfully titled Italian magazine Diva e Donna: "We, France and the United Kingdom, financed the rebels but people don't know what they are doing."

She continued by reportedly insisting that the Gadhafi family were normal, kindly folks.

Telefonica Germany announced its decision, as so many modern technology companies do, with a tweet. It read: "Vanessa Hessler's relationships are private business. However we cannot accept her comments on the Lybia conflict."

Hessler was known in several European countries as Alice, the voice and face of Telefonica's Alice internet service. Her Facebook page is positively flowing with support.

One poster, Mike George, wrote: "i do not take sides in this conflict...but i do know it take courage to speak your mind...and you should not be penalized for it because someone in power disagrees with you."

On the other hand, another poster, the healthily named Brandon Bran-Flakes DaPrato wrote: "Lol she's defending a tyrannical dictator's family that murdered thousands of innocent people...what is wrong with this picture? YDI."

It can be a little confusing at times with some dictators. Many countries in the West seem to be for them before they are against them. The problem is that when politics and business collide it doesn't always make for a very beautiful love story.

I am sure, thought, that Hessler will soon be offered a permanent role on a European version of "The View."

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