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Quote of the Day: Free speech edition

Hollywood provides the grist for today’s bit of outrageous verbiage in the words of Sean Penn (I know, I know, shocka). He’s upset about how his buddy and virtual dictator of Venezuela is being treated here he’s ready to jail everyone who speaks out against him. Talking on Bill Maher’s show he said:

Because every day, this elected leader 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.

Sounds like someone who’d be very comfortable in the Venezuela of today because there they do have a bar by which one goes to prison – but not necessarily for “lies”. Instead it can be for simply speaking out against that kind and benevolent dictator, Hugo Chavez. Tell you what Sean – go down to Venezuela and try to start a media outlet in opposition to the Chavez regime and tell us what happens, mmkay?



5 Responses to Quote of the Day: Free speech edition

  • Scratch a lefty deep enough, and you find a totalitarian.  In Spicoli’s case, you don’t have to scratch very deep at all.

  • Did Sean Penn stop beating up paparazzi long enough to wish incarceration on anyone who doesn’t see the world through his red-tinted glasses?

  • Lessseee, Bush was called a dictator and compared to Hitler, thus Penn is suggesting those people should have been arrested as well.

    • But Bush WAS a dictator. He WAS like Hitler. He lied to go to war over foreign oil. The amazing thing is that he left office in 2009, he was expected to stay on forever.

      It is irresponsable to compare Bush to a fine democratic leader like Hugo Chavez.