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Actor Sean Penn Lashes Bush over Iraq War Drums
Reuters ^ | 10-18-02 | Anon

Posted on 10/18/2002 10:00:10 AM PDT by Pharmboy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Actor Sean Penn (news) on Friday weighed in on the international debate over a possible war with Iraq, paying for a $56,000 advertisement in the Washington Post accusing President Bush (news - web sites) of stifling debate and threatening civil liberties.

Oscar nominated actor Sean Penn (news) on October
18, 2002 weighed in on possible war with Iraq, paying
for a $56,000 advertisement in the Washington
Post accusing President George W. Bush of stifling
debate and threatening civil liberties. The ad,
an open letter to Bush, urges the president to stop
a cycle where 'bombing is answered by bombing, mutilation
by mutilation, killing by killing.' Penn is
seen at a benefit film premiere in Washington in this
January 22, 2001 file photo. (Jeff Synder/Reuters)

In an open letter to Bush taking up most of a page in the main section of the daily newspaper, the Oscar-nominated star of "I Am Sam" and "Dead Man Walking," urged the president to stop a cycle where "bombing is answered by bombing, mutilation by mutilation, killing by killing."

"I beg you, help save America before yours is a legacy of shame and horror," Penn wrote, echoing voices of caution from around the world that have called for a measured response to allegations Iraq is developing weapons of mass destruction.

The letter was signed "Sincerely, Sean Penn, San Francisco, California." A spokesman for the Washington Post confirmed that it was placed by the Hollywood celebrity who has starred in more than 40 movies.

Quoting Bush's declaration that the world was either "with us or against us" in the war on terrorism launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Penn, 42, said Bush was marginalizing critics, manipulating the media and promoting fear.

Those actions and "your administration's deconstruction of civil liberties all contradict the very core of the patriotism you claim," wrote Penn, who is married to actress Robin Wright Penn (news), and was formerly married to pop star Madonna (news - web sites).

"Sacrificing American soldiers or innocent civilians in an unprecedented preemptive attack on a separate sovereign nation may well prove itself a most temporary medicine," he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: actors; anarchists; appeasement; communists; hollywood; idiocy; socialism; socialists
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To: Solamente
"Perhaps I'm immature, but once actors blather their political agenda, I find I cannot get immersed in their subsequent roles."

I'm about 10 when it comes to this garbage also.

51 posted on 10/18/2002 10:37:15 AM PDT by G.Mason
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To: Pharmboy
"Sacrificing American soldiers or innocent civilians in an unprecedented preemptive attack on a separate sovereign nation may well prove itself a most temporary medicine," he said.

Gosh Golly Gee Sean .. I guess you think we should just sit back and wait and be attack AGAIN huh??

You know .. I don't recall Sean Penn doing this while Cinton was President and bombing the daylights out other countries???

52 posted on 10/18/2002 10:39:21 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: Pharmboy
ANOTHER case of "projection".....these narcissists are so friggin transparent.....projecting THEIR beliefs (they are the ones who STIFLE debate).....that's the liberal mindset....only I AM RIGHT, and YOU are WRONG, so SHUT UP (or I'll ignore you, at least.) And....about that "legacy of shame and horror".....ooops ....you stepped in it....

Thanks, Sean, for SHOWING us again what a true narcissist is....and how you and your liberal friends continue to project your beliefs ...... it's really starting to get tiring, but telling.
53 posted on 10/18/2002 10:40:11 AM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: Pharmboy
Dear Mr. Penn,

When you stop attacking photographers and tying up your wives and holding them hostage for hours, and maybe, but hardly likely, we'll start to take you seriously.

'I Am Sam' is your 'legacy of shame and horror,' and you owe me $9.50 for that stinker.

And by the way, this silly 'in the name of patriotism' canard the left keeps throwing out is getting old. Bush has never said nor implied that dissenters are unpatriotic. Lord knows most of you Hollywood lefties are unpatriotic and would prefer Daniel Ortega in the White House, but that argument is pretty much is the sub-subtext of our problems with you guys. And you know it's the truth.

To your credit, you seem to be the only one who has had the guts to take your criticism stateside. In recent Tourettes-like political proclamations, your peers Jessica Lange, Robert Altman, Woody Harrelson, et al have taken to spewing their vile rhetoric to likeminded appeasers over bottles of Pellegrino in Europe.

Your 'sincere' tone, unfortunately, is the giveaway. There is nothing sincere about your criticism of Bush. I live here. Right near you and your Hollywood elite buddies. There is no such thing as a social get-together here where you all don't rip him to pieces, challenging even his basic humanity and mental acuity. And on top of it, you make anyone who thinks otherwise a pariah. (Usually they're the workers who get paid 1/100th what you get paid and quietly go about their business on the set.)

And if the society you guys have created out here in Hollywood is any preview of what you'd have in store for the rest of the nation if your politics were to be realized, I'd cross the 405 to take up arms for the other side and fight a bloody civil war-like battle against you elitist nightmares. Each and every one of you. That means your buddies, Julia and Eric Roberts, too.

Now, please, concentrate on picking decent flicks that don't patronize the audience. You are a good actor and your inflated sense of self has caused you to make too many tragic choices in recent times. Get off your soap box, stop doing Charlie Rose and Actor's Studio-like I-AM-AN-ARTIST crap, call your agent, and tell him to concentrate on getting you palatable work. Fast Times 2 sounds about right.

Sincerely,
Your Neighbor
54 posted on 10/18/2002 10:42:09 AM PDT by andrew
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Wait a minute Mr. Penn is good at pretending to be other people, therefore he MUST be an expert on America's foreign policy.

His experience clearly should cause us all to sit back in awe of his brilliant positions.

(/sarcasm)
55 posted on 10/18/2002 10:43:05 AM PDT by marktuoni
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To: Pharmboy
This is really pathetic, coming from someone who will only be remembered for his portrayal of an airhead in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
56 posted on 10/18/2002 10:43:26 AM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Pharmboy
"Am I hallucinating here? Just what in the hell do you think you're doing, Mister Penn?"
57 posted on 10/18/2002 10:47:27 AM PDT by RichInOC
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To: avg_freeper
"Sacrificing American soldiers or innocent civilians in an unprecedented preemptive attack on a separate sovereign nation may well prove itself a most temporary medicine"

Quick. Somebody please tell this actor about the bombing of Kosovo. He apparently was in a drug haze or something while Clinton was bombing the cr*p out of them.

59 posted on 10/18/2002 10:54:42 AM PDT by PLK
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To: Jimer
RAOTFLMAO!
60 posted on 10/18/2002 10:58:04 AM PDT by STD
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To: Pharmboy

Claim to Fame: Portrayed perpetually-stoned surfer Jeff Spicoli in Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

I'm so wasted audio
61 posted on 10/18/2002 10:58:27 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: andrew
I'm about his age. I'd like a few minutes alone with that brooding loud mouthed wife beater just to see if "he's all that". Slapping at photographers laden with camera equipment or beating on Robin Wright or Madonna doesn't impress me much.
62 posted on 10/18/2002 10:59:02 AM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Pharmboy

63 posted on 10/18/2002 11:03:06 AM PDT by VaBthang4
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To: Pharmboy
Another example of this punk's gross bad judgement on par with his past decision to marry Madonna.
64 posted on 10/18/2002 11:04:16 AM PDT by Darlin'
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To: Pharmboy
He looks like George Michael.
65 posted on 10/18/2002 11:04:47 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: andrew
Why not tell this very talented hosebag what you really think

ragingbull21@yahoo.com

raging idiot is more apropos. FReepers you know what to do!

66 posted on 10/18/2002 11:08:27 AM PDT by STD
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To: MinuteGal
Your wisdom goes beyond a minute...that's fer sure. Now that you mention it, I'll bet you're right; he could have signed on with the big Sarandon/Asner ad rather than take out his own. Increasing the reach and frequency for the voices of appeasement of the left...
67 posted on 10/18/2002 11:08:34 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: VaBthang4
Thanks this is great!
68 posted on 10/18/2002 11:14:55 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Pharmboy
The sickening thing is that these idiots thinks anyone cares what they think.
69 posted on 10/18/2002 11:15:50 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: dennisw
"your administration's deconstruction of civil liberties all contradict the very core of the patriotism you claim,"

Another victim of Post-modern Lit 101.

70 posted on 10/18/2002 11:17:02 AM PDT by Shermy
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To: STD
whose email addy is that?
71 posted on 10/18/2002 11:17:51 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: MinuteGal
Penn is a moron like Sreisand and Belafonte. They are puppets manipulated with a check from the DNC.

When “Harry” insulted Powell and Rice, that was the tip-off.

I'm surprised he didn't insult Justice Thomas while he was at it.

These people don't want Republicans in office... white or black or asian or whatever!

Big government, higher taxes and less individual rights is their goal.

God help us in November!

72 posted on 10/18/2002 11:23:48 AM PDT by johnny7
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To: 1bigdictator
Lets carve out a little piece of Alaska for Penn, Striesand and Asner to live in.

WHAT IN THE HELL MAKES YOU THINK WE WANT THEM UP HERE!!!

73 posted on 10/18/2002 11:27:44 AM PDT by alaskanfan
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To: Pharmboy
SO some idiot actor who is better know because he married Madonna than any work he ever did of his own's oppinion matters to the rest of the country because?.......
74 posted on 10/18/2002 11:29:40 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: andrew; RJayneJ
One for "Essay of the Week" consideration.
75 posted on 10/18/2002 11:32:37 AM PDT by dighton
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To: STD
Thanks for the website. I never liked the looks of the guy.

He reminds me of someone I had to punch out behind a bar.

“Deuuud... my nose!”

I said yeah, looks a little crooked and went back in to finish my beer.

Penn is just a aging punk with some fame for playing retards.

76 posted on 10/18/2002 11:43:41 AM PDT by johnny7
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To: Pharmboy
Actor Sean Penn on Friday weighed in on the international debate over a possible war with Iraq, paying for a $56,000 advertisement in the Washington Post accusing President Bush of stifling debate and threatening civil liberties.

My father told me that a fool and his money are soon parted. Mr. Penn seems to set a $56,000 example of that.

What is it with the ego of these celebrities that makes them believe anyone cares what they think? Does Mr. Penn have a degree in political science or any other field that might make his comments pertinent? I don't believe so. All he has is money and a mouth.

77 posted on 10/18/2002 11:45:19 AM PDT by alaskanfan
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To: Pharmboy
Sean Penn is criticizing Bush??? Here is a tidbit about Penn that I got off the Net:

Just after Christmas in 1988, Madonna survived a nine-hour rampage in which Sean [Penn], who was drunk, emotionally and physically abused her; she was gagged and bound in a chair, and then beaten. One week later she filed for divorce.

78 posted on 10/18/2002 11:55:36 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: Pharmboy
I dont know much about that guy really, the only work I've seen of his are the two documentaries about his life, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "I Am Sam".
79 posted on 10/18/2002 12:00:51 PM PDT by Paradox
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To: Pharmboy
Hey, dude. Let's party!
80 posted on 10/18/2002 12:06:59 PM PDT by Junior
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To: Pharmboy
I beg you, help save America before yours is a legacy of shame and horror,"

Hmmmmm...Old Sean seems to be projecting on the pain and suffering his 'films' have caused the viewing public.


81 posted on 10/18/2002 12:13:31 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: RepubMommy
I thought he did a pretty good job in Hugo Pool or whatever it was called. Didn't say a word. Liked the shots of
him in prison garb and chains in The Falcon and the Snowman. If only Hollywood really mimiced reality...
82 posted on 10/18/2002 12:13:35 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Pharmboy
OH, go beat your wife, Sean.
83 posted on 10/18/2002 12:15:54 PM PDT by SarahW
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To: Pharmboy
Hmmmmm...first Barbra Steisand, then Rosie O'Donnell, then Jessica Lange, next comes Eric Roberts and now Sean Penn.

The 'intellectual' heavyweights are fast becoming a force within our society. ;-)


84 posted on 10/18/2002 12:17:42 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Pharmboy
Sean Penn is living proof you can make a sow's ear from a sow's ear.
85 posted on 10/18/2002 12:19:20 PM PDT by SerpentDove
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To: Night Hides Not
Penn's idea of war with Iraq would be to send 1000 pizzas to the palaces.

Bitchin'!!!

86 posted on 10/18/2002 12:20:39 PM PDT by Deb
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To: Stand Watch Listen
>>Hmmmmm...first Barbra Steisand, then Rosie O'Donnell, then Jessica Lange, next comes Eric Roberts and now Sean Penn. <<

I was about to say, "First Woody, now Spiccolli. I wonder what Pee Wee Herman thinks we oughta do?"

87 posted on 10/18/2002 12:22:58 PM PDT by SerpentDove
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To: Pharmboy
This is why campaign finance is unconstitutional. It also proves what whores the media are. Why is this NEWS??? A citizen took out and paid for an advertisement in a newspaper. And now it is a NEWS STORY.

OK, let's put it this way. Democrats paid $56,000 to place a single page ad in the Washington Post. Then newspapers across the country reported on the ad, quoting most of its message and even expanding on the message, in news articles. In effect, every newspaper which prints this reuters story has contributed an unreported $56,000 to the democrat party. Talk about SOFT MONEY!! This is pornographic.
88 posted on 10/18/2002 12:26:51 PM PDT by thedugal
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To: Deb
Penn's idea of war with Iraq would be to send 1000 pizzas to the palaces.

LOL!!! I can see it now: PIZZA FEAST FOR PEACE, delivered by Mr. Hand!

Thanks for the reminder, I'd forgotten about the scene where Spicoli had a pizza delivered to class.

89 posted on 10/18/2002 12:36:46 PM PDT by Night Hides Not
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To: Pharmboy
Stick to Spicoli dude. I guess he has been banging his skull with those Vans again.
90 posted on 10/18/2002 1:13:07 PM PDT by Corporate Law
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To: Pharmboy
Sean, come talk to my mother. She is the one that had to talk with United Airlines when they confirmed my father was on Flight 93 that crashed in PA.

Try to tell her why we shouldn't go after the scum that supports and harbors the garbage that murdered my father.

F*ck you, Sean.

chris_in_nj
91 posted on 10/18/2002 1:26:23 PM PDT by chris_in_nj
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To: alaskanfan
My bad, receiving this news must like be winning the lottery for which state gets to become the receptacle unit for our country's nuclear waste.
92 posted on 10/18/2002 1:34:37 PM PDT by 1bigdictator
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To: chris_in_nj
I-got-your-back-let's-kick-his-@ss-bump.
93 posted on 10/18/2002 1:37:03 PM PDT by 1bigdictator
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To: alaskanfan
^ "must be like"-- happy hour started early for me... TGIF.
94 posted on 10/18/2002 1:39:31 PM PDT by 1bigdictator
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To: 1bigdictator
Word up 1Big!!!

chris
95 posted on 10/18/2002 2:02:04 PM PDT by chris_in_nj
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To: Pharmboy
Sean Penn: Another Hollywood answer to a question no one asked.

No repeat after me:
You're just a stupid actor,
Shut up because no one cares!
You're just a stupid actor,
Shut up because no one cares!
You're just a stupid actor,
Shut up because no one cares!
You're just a stupid actor,
Shut up because no one cares!
You're just a stupid actor,
Shut up because no one cares!
You're just a stupid actor,
Shut up because no one cares!
You're just a stupid actor,
Shut up because no one cares!
You're just a stupid actor,
Shut up because no one cares!

96 posted on 10/18/2002 2:17:33 PM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99
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To: 1bigdictator
Now why would you want to ruin a wonderful place like Alaska by transplanting those 3 noodle heads and others like them there. California is the place for them, better to build a wall around LA county and let them fester there.
97 posted on 10/18/2002 2:39:10 PM PDT by cavtrooper21
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To: Shermy
"your administration's deconstruction of civil liberties all contradict the very core of the patriotism you claim,"

Another victim of Post-modern Lit 101.

I doubt Shawn Penn even finished high school. I wonder where he picked up  this lingo. He directed a good movie last year. "The Pledge".

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98 posted on 10/18/2002 3:37:24 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: Night Hides Not
OH MAN I forgot history teacher name

MR HAND

ALRIGHT I love Mr Hand he was cool only dude that rip Jeff Spioci schedule card CLASSIC
99 posted on 10/18/2002 4:49:17 PM PDT by SevenofNine
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To: Pharmboy
He's got a new film:
DUMB ACTOR TALKING
100 posted on 10/18/2002 6:59:53 PM PDT by willyboyishere
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