But it would be difficult not to focus on his UN appearance where he demonstrated on the international stage that he was indeed a clown.
And yourself calling Timberlake a prancing moron makes me wonder why you then think it is disrespectful to call Chavez a clown.
He has shown himself to be a really good actor and comedian as well as singer. I would say a better entertainer than Chavez was a statesman.
Nothing really to wonder about, it's quite simple: Timberlake is there to entertain and be called names in the process, his job is exactly to be a fool, and he represents just himself. If I call him a prancing moron it has zero consequence, it's just my (bad?) taste but still appropriate. I suspect though that he is an errand boy who got a task to do that anyway, but I can't be sure.
On the other hand, Chavez represented an entire nation and his job was not to entertain, so his personal antics are not a priority, even if he was a clown of the highest order I would choose words to describe him (or rather his politics) because he got elected by popular vote, so calling him names would be a political statement against Venezuela. If he was a leader of a military junta or some kind of murderer, that would be something else, and I would probably be glad to resort to name-calling.
Not to mention that Chavez died just a few days ago, and Timberlake is alive and happy. If something like that happened to Timberlake I would never even think of saying something bad about him, on the contrary, I would probably admit that he was not a bad entertainer after all. As I said, his act would probably look entirely different, funny even if Chavez was alive. But he did it exactly because Chavez died.
To me it was ugly, others can laugh but should remember that we will all die eventually. And people from the West take death much, much more seriously than people from Latin America. I like their attitude.
After the segment was aired, people everywhere turned to social media to react, while some criticized the performance labeling it as offensive, others prized it consider to be bold and funny.
Bold and funny it was not, it would be bold but still not even close to funny if he did that during the funeral of Bush.