There are many reasons to make fun of American high-profile public lefties. The pomposity, the demi-literacy, the fashion choices — it's a satirist's dream. One of the main reasons to despise them, though, is not particularly funny. Like your female friend with the long pattern of getting involved with leather-clad alcoholics who steal her money and treat her like shit, the self-appointed public faces of the American Left have a long history of embarrassing non-sexual man-crushes on despots. Whether it's the shameful history of sucking up to Stalin, contorted apologias for Pol Pot, or the Che shirt un-ironically worn by unreflective assholes everywhere, the American Left has piss-poor taste in foreign leaders.
[This is not to say for even a second that the Right has better taste. The Right's taste is awful in different and exciting ways.]
Today's case in point: Sean Penn, appearing (perhaps as part of the terms of his probation) on Politically Incorrect, achieved the impossible: he managed to sound like even more of a dick than that smirking feculent pus-crust Bill Maher. Penn transcended satire of himself in the course of defending his BFF Hugo Chavez:
PENN: The collaborative opportunity in Haiti, when you talk about Hugo Chavez, and some of the other people who are demonized, and you know, when some of these countries accuse us of an occupation — where I believe this was strictly a humanitarian action by the United States military, and an incredible one – I’m a little sympathetic. Because every day, this elected leader [Chavez] 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.
Yes, that's the sound of an Academy Award winning American actor saying that journalists should go to prison for saying that Hugo Chavez is a dictator.
Sean Penn shouldn't go to prison. But he ought to be treated like the tyranny-apologizing jackass fanatic he is.
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