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Sean Penn Denounces UK Over Falklands

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.

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  • Mrs. Davis

    Next Secretary of State.

  • vanderleun

    As somebody else pointed out elsewhere, it’s time for Penn to give his Malibu home back to the Mexicans.

  • Jim.

    It’s not the winning-Oscars part that makes him think he’s qualified. It’s his shallow acquaintance with Leftist slogans. Herehe uses the buzzword “imperialism”, without understanding whether it actually applies in this situation. He probably also believes that the Chinese are incapable of Mercantilism, because only wicked Western powers do things like that.

    Misapplication of terms is a serious problem in our semi-educated classes, from students to journalists all the way through poiticians up to professors who should know better. They apply whichever Lefty term, then apply the formula their Lefty professors tell them is appropriate, and you come out with… Sean Penn.

  • Nostromo

    And how was that the Argentinians came to possess their land in the first place? They speak Spanish because, why is that again?

  • Some Sock Puppet

    From what I understand they’ve declared independence.

    I fully support a Nato action in demonstrating deceively to leave the Falklands alone.

  • Bob Reagan

    Sean Penn is a good film actor, no question. That makes him a celebrity, which gives the popular media reason to hang on every word he speaks. The better to sell more of their product (which is that of their sponsors. But actors necessarily live in fantasy land, and that is why they indulge in such fantasies.

  • Fred

    I know I get all my political opinions from Sean Penn.

  • Toni

    Au contraire. No Oscar or any other sort of distinction is required to prompt artists of all sorts to lecture the rest of us on our alleged shortcomings.

  • Eurydice

    What I don’t get is why anybody thinks Sean Penn’s opinions matter. Then again, maybe it’s nice not to have to worry about the Euro for a day – go Sean, go!

  • Tom Richards

    In fairness, Nostromo, a pretty significant proportion of Argentinians have at least some native American ancestry. Imperialism definitely took place in South America, but the status of the current inhabitants is not clear-cut in the same way as, say, New Zealand. They’re products of empire, but not descendants solely of its principal beneficiaries.

    They also have no sensible claim whatsoever on the Falklands.

  • Lyle Smith

    Dear Sean Penn,

    Give Malibu back to Mexico then yell at Mexico to give it back to aboriginal tribes that may have been there. Then you can tell the United Kingdom what they should do with the Falklands.

  • Nostromo

    @10Tom Richards

    Maybe so, but they still speak Spanish and, whatever the case may be, I think my point still stands.

    Even granting your point, where did those so-called natives come from? Did they simply spring from the earth? No, they probably took the land from someone else, and so on and so forth.

    It is precisely to obscure this that so many peoples have myths of an autochthonous origin, that their forefathers literally sprang from the earth. Many people simply assume something of the sort, and grant an unstained purity and legitimacy, to anyone who is ever displaced by Westerners.

    Fact is, we are all colonists and imperialists. Unless someone is trying to take your seat at the movies, “I was there first” is a dubious claim.

  • Silverfiddle

    And Penn also seems to be a fan of tyranny, dictators, economic chaos and cosying up to global terrorists.

    Gotta love those rich American latte leftists!

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Hollywood is filled with these leftist pinheads, who get all their political knowledge from their fellow leftist pinheads. Stalin called them “Useful Idiots” and so they remain to this day.

  • Jimmy J.

    Just visited the Falklands. Nice people who are mostly from, or trace their ancestry to, the UK. The big news there is that oil has been discovered off shore. The rumors are that it may be a big find. (80 billion barrels is the figure I heard.) Could explain Argentina’s new interest in Las Malvinas. The talk is that they hope the Brits and islanders will cut them in on the action to maintain peace.

  • Corlyss

    “If Penn knew anything about” being the operative conditional phrase. If he knew anything about any of the political subjects on which he so thought fully shares his opinion with the world outside his immedate circle of equally ignorant friends and associates, he’d have more humility and far fewer inane pronouncements.

  • Eurydice

    @Silverfiddle #13 – You know, I think it’s time that we free lattes from the enslavement of leftist ideology. I can just see the campaign – “You don’t have to love Hugo Chavez to love Dunkin’ lattes!” It’ll be big, trust me.

  • GeorgeNYC

    Thank goodness we have college professors who do know everything.

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