Sean "Controversy" Penn: His PR People Must Be Happy
Let me start by saying that I loved Sean Penn in I am Sam -(sobb) and Mystic River of course (could not sleep for a week) and who can forget Fast Times at Ridgemont High (like-- totally). So as an actor, I appreciate and enjoy his work.
However as of late, I'm not sure if I'm diggin' all his bad, rebellious, "I smoke wherever I want", "George Bush is creating a Fascist state"attitude. I am glad that Sean Penn is globally plugged-in and at least makes the attempt of using his celebrtity status to get his message out there (however dubious his points, alas it's something) about an important issue re: Katrina, Bush, Iraq, et ceterum senseo.
I just feel that we have very smart experts and professionals, who have dedicated their ENTIRE lives to studying, researching and analyzing these issues, so they can better inform us. I don't feel that Sean Penn can tell me something I haven't already heard or thought about or debated and he definitely hasn't enlightened me.
Will many of us will care more because Sean Penn or for that matter George Clooney tell us that we have to care more? Frankly, I feel that when communicated this way, these types of messages only hinder the process of transparent, progressive and thought provoking conversations -- such which should be going on.