September 21, 2010, - 1:33 pm
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If you are outraged by Sean Penn’s consistently anti-American, pan-Marxist, pro-Iran behavior, you should be even more outraged by his latest movie role. It’s textbook Vanessa Redgrave.
Holocaust Hypocrite: Pal of Holocaust Deniers, Sean Penn, Stars in Holocaust Movie
You may remember that in the late 1970s, Al-Qaeda supporter Vanessa Redgrave, to the protests of Holocaust survivors (including the one she played) and Jews worldwide, played a Holocaust victim in “Playing for Time.” Jews were outraged because the anti-Israel Redgrave was a supporter of P.L.O. terrorism, hung out with Yasser Arafat, and compared Israel to the Nazis. Today, that’s “old hat,” while still very outrageous. But in those days, she was among the Western “pioneers” of this disgusting comparison. Upon winning the Academy Award for another role (in “Julia”), Redgrave called Jews and Israel-supporters, “Zionist hoodlums.” And, as you may recall from my previous postings of the video, the late, great writer, Paddy Chayefsky (a Jew and a WWII veteran) aptly told her where to go, live on the air. (I’m not posting the video, this time, because YouTube removed all versions containing the Chayefsky response and only the versions with Redgrave’s unanswered BS remain online.)
Well, now, Sean Penn is in my home state of Michigan, taking advantage of the wasteful tax incentive (filmmakers pay no Michigan tax and get a 42% rebate on all stuff done in Michigan), and he is shooting “This Must Be the Place.” The movie is the story of a retired, wealthy rock star, who is the son of a Holocaust survivor and tries to track down the Nazi who tormented his father in Auschwitz. Check out his effeminate get-up for the movie, pictured above. Michigan doubles for the upstate New York setting of the film. What’s particularly outrageous is that Sean Penn has repeatedly hung out with Holocaust-denying Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He even traveled to Iran to cover one of its fake elections, lecturing Iranian college students about how bad America–which has made him millions and where he still lives–is. And, of course, there are Penn’s repeated confabs in Venezuela with Ahmadinejad-enabler and Hezbollah-shelterer Hugo Chavez.
A man who eagerly hangs out with Holocaust-deniers and Jew-haters, who would destroy the Jewish people with nuclear weapons, has no business playing any role in a movie connected with the tragedies of the Holocaust. Sean Penn never denounced Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial, and he never had a problem with it. He’s never decried Ahmadinejad’s quest for nuclear weapons and his openly expressed desire to wipe the Jews and Israel off the map. He’s never had a problem with the modern day Hitler, so it’s sheer fraud that he is in a movie expressing a problem with the previous Hitler. That he’s now using the Holocaust to line his pockets is utter hypocrisy. And it’s beyond disgusting. The very definition of chutzpah. But, then, hypocrisy, chutzpah, and Sean Penn are no strangers. They are lifelong menage-a-trois bedfellows.
Still, there won’t be an ounce of the outrage there was in 1977 against Vanessa Redgrave. Reports of “the death of outrage” are the understatement of the decades. No-one seems to care anymore. And those who enable Holocaust-deniers and would-be plotters of a second Holocaust are allowed to ingratiate themselves into movies remembering the tragedies of the Holocaust. And they are allowed to do so, without a hint of protest. Sadly, that’s what’s chic, today.
But I believe that even Jeff Spicoli–Sean Penn’s only great acting alter ego, long ago dead and buried in “tasty waves” heaven–is turning over in his grave.
Beyond gnarly, Sean.
**** UPDATE: Forgot to mention this earlier in the piece, but the name of the Nazi character who tormented Sean Penn’s father in “This Must Be the Place,” is Alois Muller, which sounds eerily like real-life Nazi war criminal, Alois Brunner. Brunner lives in peace and will never face justice because the Syrian government allows him to live there–yup, the same Shi’ite Syrian government propped up by Sean Penn’s friends in Iran.
I wonder if the name of the character is coincidental. I doubt it, and it sounds like more in-your-face Hollywood BS. There are no coincidences in Hollywood.
Tags: Auschwitz, Hitler, Holocaust, Hugo Chavez, Iran, Jeff Spicoli, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Michigan, movie, Nazis, Sean Penn, This Must Be the Place, Vanessa Redgrave, Venezuela