Sean Penn, it seems, has a grudge against Great Britain. He also doesn’t think highly of imperialism. The Hollywood star, two-time Oscar winner (and a great actor, in our opinion) for some reason has decided to wade into the political tussle over the Falklands. Here’s Penn in his own words:
The world today is not going to tolerate any ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology . . . the world today cannot tolerate ridiculous demonstrations of colonialism. . . . It’s unthinkable that the United Kingdom can make a conscious decision to deploy a prince within the military to the Malvinas, knowing the great emotional sensitivity both of mothers and fathers in the United Kingdom and in Argentina who lost sons and daughters in a war of islands with a population of so few.
Just what, exactly, makes Sean Penn an expert on the Falklands is anyone’s guess. He seems to jump at chances to support lefty causes and join hands with South America’s anti-Western governments like Venezuela and Cuba.If Penn wanted to discuss the Falklands objectively, he could have noted that the islands’ inhabitants are quite happily British and prefer not to get involved in diplomatic arguments. He might have noted that a number of South American governments denied entry to ships flying the Falklands flag, creating food shortages on the islands (notably eggs). If Penn knew anything about the Falklands or diplomacy, he couldn’t deny that Argentina’s stance toward the islands has a slight imperialist shine.Unfortunately, Penn isn’t the first actor to think winning a couple of Oscars makes him an authority on everything.