Sean Penn, the left-wing actor, has been accused of indulging in an outdated form of colonialism by the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Referring to the actor’s holiday home, the newspaper suggested; “His continued occupation of Malibu is an unacceptable mockery of national self-determination. The Mexicans owned that stretch of real estate well into the early 19th century and it was stolen by the Americans in a naked act of imperialist aggression.”
Having yesterday supported Argentina’s spurious claim to the Falkland Islands, today the American actor indicated some sensitivity at his handling in the British press, by returning to the fray.
“Yesterday in Buenos Aires, I spoke to the press and did not expect to be immune to their paraphrases and hyperbolic statements. However, I will make a small clarification regarding Great Britain and the Falklands. My, oh my, aren’t people sensitive to the word colonialism, particularly those who implement colonialism?
“There are many kinds of colonialism… It’s unthinkable that the United Kingdom can make a conscious decision to deploy a prince who is part of the military to the Malvinas, knowing the great emotional sensitivity both of mothers and fathers in the United Kingdom and in Argentina who lost sons and daughters in a war in those islands.”
My, oh my, aren’t actors who should stick to what they know, sensitive to criticism. Of course, Penn failed to mention that if Argentina had not invaded the Falklands in 1982 in the first place, those sons and daughters would not have been lost.