They're dropping the hammer on actor Sean Penn (You may remember him from such movies as "Milk" and "I Am Sam." And for beating the hell out of news photographers), because Penn wants to have journalists jailed — jailed! — if they dare say "HUGO CHAVEZ IS A DICTATOR."
Chavez, the president of Venezuela, is often called a dictator by the American press. (They're doing it here, here, and of course, the Irish are doing it here.
So needless to say, it gets Sean Penn's panties in a bunch when someone in the media says "HUGO CHAVEZ IS A DICTATOR." If we're not careful, it may make him get all punchy. His latest punch-up could result in him spending 18 months in jail. (That's Penn there with
In the media's defense, when I Googled "Hugo Chavez dictator," the first 20 or so results that came up were all news stories about Sean Penn stamping his feet when people say "HUGO CHAVEZ IS A DICTATOR." That's like me saying, "don't think about gray elephants" and then getting pissed because you thought about gray elephants.
Penn appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher," and delivered this First Amendment-damning sound bite:
"Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it. And this is mainstream media, who should -- truly, there should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies."There's also a bar by which one goes to prison for punching people doing their living, but apparently we don't talk about that.
In other words, saying "HUGO CHAVEZ IS A DICTATOR," and other phrases protected by the First Amendment is wrong, but beating the bejeezus out of a guy whose job it is to take celebrity photos is okay?
Either way, it sounds like Penn is angling for that special Communist of the Year award for wanting to suppress freedom of the press in all its forms. Including those forms where people say HUGO CHAVEZ IS A DICTATOR."
Solidarity, Comrade. Enjoy the Gulag.
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