If war opponent Sean Penn is on a blacklist?
Actors have the right and also the duty to say what they think. But so many of them – Sarandon, whom I respect, excepted – come across as either mindless or heavy-handed ruber. They question Bush’s intelligence, or they hoax and belabor it. They don’t give a very mature impression; they sound as if they hadn’t grasped the complexity of the situation. This contamination of the topic and left positions by stars and the usual suspects makes many think: I don’t want to be a part of this.
Camille Paglia interviewed by Salon.com
"Woody, Babs, Jessica, Sean: Yankee doodle dandies they ain’t. " the Washington Times, which is loyal to the government, sneered last October about Hollywood’s coalition of the unwilling. And one has to agree with Camille Paglia, who is known for her harsh and often rather one-sided words, because despite all sympathy for the opponents of the war: one or the other prominent person loved to make almost Stoiber-like promises in the heat of the moment. Barbra Streisand (Babs) had not like our "Nobleman" the president as a gentleman "Bus" described (cf. We don’t want to talk about Freising now), but misquoted Shakespeare and called Saddam a lynch mob "Iranians" called. Uuh….Harry Belafonte is said to have compared Colin Powell with a plantation slave who sold his principles in order to live in the house of the "Masters" to live. And Jessica Lange is said to have said that she had George Bush (or Bus?) "hate".
This is admittedly .."emotional", "typical actor" or as the Washington Times thinks (probably because it finds the whole thing so atzend): "high-profile vitriol".
More than 4000 stars have the declaration "Not in Our Name" signed, which was published in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, including Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Ed Asner, Marisa Tomei, Danny Glover, Kim Basinger, Helen Hunt, Olympia Dukakis, Woody Harrelson, Jonathan Demme and Sean Penn.
The latter also spent $56,000 on a full-page ad in the Washington Post, in which he called the president a. a. asks to save America before he (Bush) "A legacy of shame and horror" LEAVE.
The deconstruction of civil liberties that your administration is undertaking goes against the very core of your claimed patriotism
The actor and filmmaker, who already attracted attention when he contributed to the French production 11 by 11 (cf. The UN is simply corrupt!), was in Iraq for three days in December to demonstrate his stance and, as he himself said, as a "Patriot and investigator".
Now the actor is suing producer Steven Bing, claiming that the film project "Why men shouldn’t marry" with Penn being dropped because he, Penn, was on a "Blacklist" comparable to the blacklist of the McCarthy era. Bing, in turn, sues Penn for libel, saying this is not about freedom of speech.
What’s the point of Penn’s accusation? It’s definitely true that Penn has been getting bad press lately from conservative commentators. Penn further claims that Bing called his agent and demanded an arance that the actor would stop publicly airing his views on the Iraq conflict. He had also asked him personally by phone and left the message on his tape that he feared the audience would "be confused by the propaganda (against Penn), interpret it against you and boycott the movie". Moreover, Penn – just like Dustin Hoffmann, who recently warned of a war at the Berlinale (cf. Dustin Hoffman sends dove of peace to the hawk Bush) and Susan Sarandon – so far not invited to this year’s Oscar ceremony. According to the actors, there is a connection with their political activities "Academy" not.