Sean Penn On Wrong Side Of War On Drugs
The more that Sean Penn expresses himself either in writing or in interviews about his connection with El Chapo the more I wonder how strung out on drugs the actor has to be to have such perspectives.
The Rolling Stone article that Penn wrote as ‘a journalist’ portrays El Chapo as a humble man with no other means to make money than to grow and deal drugs.
The drug kingpin was poor and stated to Penn that “the only way to have food, to survive, is to grow poppy, marijuana, and…I began to grow it, to cultivate it and to sell it.” If that is the route out of bad times for every down-and-out family then many in my hometown would be in the drug business. They are not, of course, because of a thing called morals and ethical foundations.
I will not buy this line of crap that one has to be evil or criminal–as is El Chapo–just to survive. What is so rotting about the way Penn blubbers on about the drug kingpin in terms that are to make us believe the grower/seller/killer is somehow a positive man with charisma has more to do with the political mission Penn is on than wanting the rest of us to get a clear picture of a criminal.
I will be quite honest that the words which came from my mouth when reading the following in the magazine might have curled the hair of passersby. I could not believe what Penn was trying to pull off in the article.
“El Chapo is a businessman first, and only resorts to violence when he deems it advantageous to himself or his business interests.”
There is no way a sane or chemically-free person could write such blather.
But today we get, as Paul Harvey would say, ‘the rest of the story’ as to what motivates Penn. The whole episode between Penn and El Chapo was designed to spur a broader discussion on the drug war.
“I have a terrible regret,” Penn said in an interview. “I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy on the war on drugs. Let me be clear. My article has failed”.
Cut the BS, Sean.
There is no sanitized way to address the chaos, death, and cost that drugs play in this nation. There is no way to look at the gang problem in Madison and not trace it back to the drug trade. There is no way to hear the messed up lives of those who rub shoulders with the likes of Penn and not know that drugs attack the rich and gifted as much as the lowly and tortured in back alleys.
Grow up, Sean Penn!
Do not use your position to try and spin a narrative that we need to legalize and accept deadly substantives into our communities because the alternative of combatting them is tough. This nation does not need someone like you to alert us to the sad early life that El Chapo experienced. Boo-hoo for him, but lots of people grow up poor and yet retain common sense and grace and do not turn to crime.
If Penn wanted to make a difference the first thing he should have done once making contact with El Chapo was to alert the authorities. By his own admission he did not do that, or wish to.
As such Sean Penn is on the wrong side of the war on drugs.