Hollywood Liberal Sean Penn Defends Chavez
A Huffington Post entry offers a window into the soul of the Hollywood left.
Penn is one of those Hollywood progressives who thinks President Obama can launch a charm offensive with hostile foreign leaders in order to navigate America’s way through the rough waters of foreign policy.
After Obama’s recent handshake photo opportunity with Chavez, Penn wrote, “With a friend, or an enemy, our president will gain greater strategic position with a smile.”
But Penn’s enthusiasm for the president of his own country is a mere shadow of the passion he shows for the man who, oddly enough, considers himself the reincarnation of anti-socialist Simon Bolivar. Says Penn:
“I know President Chavez well. Whether or not one agrees with all his policies, what is certainly true of Chavez is that he is a warm and friendly man with a robust sense of humor (who daily risks his own life for his country in ways Dick Cheney could never imagine). To treat such a man coldly is akin to spitting on him. As a country we’ve done enough of that. Say what you will, but it has only resulted in the self-celebration of our smirking spitters, while costing us international respect, American lives, and left wounds in the hands of our children’s future. The [Dick] Cheneys, down to the [Bill] O’Reillys and [Sean] Hannitys and [Rush] Limbaughs, effectively hate the principles upon which we were founded. They are among the greatest cowards in all of American history.”
Who knew the tyrant Chavez was a saint willing to risk his life for his country?
Penn also previously called the Chavez-crafted constitution of Venezuela, which gives the president the power to rule by decree, “a very beautiful document.”
It is unclear what Penn thinks of Chavez’s crackdown on the media –including the movie industry– in Venezuela. After local filmmakers protested Chavez’s plan to give taxpayers’ funds to the American actor Danny Glover to produce movies, Venezuela outlawed two local film guilds, Variety reported.