Yes We Cannes
I’m not sure when Sean Penn crossed that line from sublime to ridiculous–if I had to guess, I would say it was after Spicoli, but before The Snowman. As always with entertainers, it’s important to remember that they are entertainers. Instead of getting all worked up by their inane politics, it’s better to just view their antics as if it were just another performance. Consider this wonderfully biting criticism of Barak Obama by Penn from Penn’s endorsement of him:
”I don’t have a candidate I’m supporting and I’m certainly interested and excited by the hope that Barack Obama is inspiring,” he said, but went on to accuse him of a “phenomenally inhuman and unconstitutional” voting record.
”I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn’t become a greater man than he will ever be,” Penn said. “This is the most important election, certainly in my lifetime, and maybe ever.”
This sounds suspiciously like and makes about as much sense as, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” Which is not surprising since elitist liberals all tend to speak in the same dialect.
Now witness exquisite self importance as only Sean Penn can bring it to you:
Penn said it was impossible to separate film from politics, and promised that the winning film would be a reflection of the current climate.
“One way or another, when we select the Palme d’Or winner, I think we are going to feel very confident that the film-maker who made the film is very aware of the times in which he or she lives.”
Translation: the Palme D’Or winner will be someone who is very in tune with Sean Penn’s vision of the times we live in. Mr. Penn then courageously led the revolution against France’s “draconian” anti-smoking laws by bravely lighting up and taking a few drags on his cigarette before taking questions from the press.
Vive La Penn!