Sean Penn Watches ISIS Beheading Videos
...because he's a method actor or something. And besides, it's Bush's fault.
Sean Penn has revealed that he watches propaganda beheading videos published by ISIS out of a sense of moral responsibility. The actor said he chooses to bear witness to the gruesome clips, in which Americans, Britons and Kurds have been graphically slaughtered, because 'real violence' is often hidden from us. [...] Penn has voice his opinions about ISIS before - earlier this week he told Conan O'Brien that the terrorist organization was 'created' by George W Bush and Dick Cheney.Personally, I don't need to watch these videos to know what barbarians these ISIS savages are.
Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at March 21, 2015 09:03 AM
Once again, Sean Penn brings to my mind my father's dictum for when one of my associates went beyond his pale. "Next time you see your parents," he would intone, "tell them I said they still have some work to do."
Posted by: 11B40 at March 21, 2015 10:12 AM
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Posted by: Nadadhimmi at March 21, 2015 10:45 AM
Re: #5. Thanks for saving me all that keystroking. I find my father's line so amusing that sometimes I force it in just for the fun of the memory.
Posted by: 11B40 at March 21, 2015 10:58 AM
Reading about something is a poor substitute.
IMO, every voting adult should watch at least one of these things. I think public opinion on Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Long War in general would be much different if the average American citizen actually knew the f'd up stuff going on, and that is why I think some people are so dead set against people reading about, much less watching, these atrocities.
Posted by: wodun at March 21, 2015 02:56 PM
I highly doubt showing the American public would help either -- this is the world of violent video games after all, and being able to rationalize just about anything (look at ol' Sean here). Nope, the problem is that most of the American public is rather like Seanie boy -- they'll never do more than play and fantasize about going all Rambo, and they'll never be in a situation (yet) to be forced to rethink their cherished sacred cows, so you run the risk of some of them getting their jollies out over stuff like this (and one should perhaps not encourage our society to be any sicker than it already is).
Nope, the only way you'd get them to finally catch a clue is to put them right in the middle of it -- and that would be failing to serve and protect, so...
Posted by: pathfinder at March 21, 2015 03:52 PM
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