Harry’s Place are reporting that mobile phone ringtones featuring the Spanish King requesting a bit of silence from the Venezuelan President last week in Chile are a hit with mobile users in both countries:
An estimated 500,000 people have downloaded the insult featuring the words "Why don’t you shut up?", generating a reported 1.5m euros (£1m).
In Venezuela, students who are opposing Chavez have also been downloading the ringtone.
"It’s a form of protest," a 21-year-old student in Caracas told the Miami Herald. "It’s something that a lot of people would like to tell the president."
As the Washington Post reports in just 13 days, with systematic suppression and intimidation of student protesters, Chavez will become the presumptive president-for-life.
Chavez has been milking it like crazy and has not only demanded an apology, but linked it to trade according to a Reuters report.
In an interview on state television he demanded an apology. "The least I expect is that the king … offers some kind of apology." "I do not want things to get more serious but the king or the government of Spain needs to in some way recognize they are the ones at fault," he added.