Who hasn’t seen at least one Sean Penn movie that they liked? Sean Penn has had a fascination with film and cinema ever since he was a child growing up and making short films with neighborhood friends Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez. But somewhere between Fast Times at Ridgemont High and The Thin Red Line something went wrong for Sean Penn, he was stricken with an illness, an illness called communist sympathy.
I find it very interesting that Mr. Penn lives in America, residing under the protection of a democratic government, while he longs from afar to be apart of a South American dictatorship. Sean Penn has long been a political figure for the far left. He has been affiliated with groups such as the Progressive Democrats of America and Code Pink. Penn was also a very vocal critic of the Bush Administration and oddly enough this is how the self-proclaimed human rights worker, Sean Penn started a relationship with the self-proclaimed man of the people, Hugo Chavez.
In 2002, Sean Penn posted a letter to President Bush in the form of an ad published in the Washington Post. A short time later Hugo Chavez read the letter aloud during a speech and a beautiful friendship was born. Since then Sean Penn has been a loyal and loving admirer of not only Chavez but also of Raul Castro. Penn has also sided with Argentina calling the United Kingdom’s possession of the Falkland Islands “a ridiculous demonstration of colonialism” and stating that it cannot be tolerated.
However, when Sean Penn isn’t busy partying and playing golf with Caribbean and South American despots, he is helping those in need. You see Mr. Penn has long been a humanitarian of the highest order. From handing out blankets in Pakistan to rescuing the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, Penn has been everywhere helping those in need. In 2010, he was at the forefront of the Haiti relief effort and even took time out of an acceptance speech to browbeat us into giving equality to all in regards to gay marriage.
So this is what is so odd: Penn himself is advocating for the re-election of Hugo Chavez. Chavez is the quasi dictator of Venezuela and has a history of human rights abuses and mass socializing of private industry in that country. Socialization that has left thousands out of work I might add. This is not the first time that Sean Penn has stood by Chavez and his violent regime. Most notably was when Penn showed his love for free speech by calling for the arrest and imprisonment of those who referred to his friend Chavez as a dictator. Since then the Penn has become even more of a walking contradiction.
In February of 2012, Sean Penn proudly stood next to Hugo Chavez while he supported the murderous Syrian government and committed himself to the preservation of the Assad regime. How is it that Sean Penn is such a humanitarian but when it comes to correcting his friends and showing them the higher path that he so proudly espouses to his own country he is no where to be found?
The fact that Sean Penn is now standing on stage and “fist bumping” a tyrannical dictator disguised as a man of the people tells me that Penn is nothing more than an egotistical sycophant. For all of his liberal knowledge and convictions, he sure has found an interesting crowd to hang out with. It would be interesting to see if he would feel differently if he didn’t reside in the good ole’ USA. Perhaps his mind would be changed if he lived under Chavez instead of next to him.
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