The DJ said, “Now, don’t hold it against him that Sean Penn is his brother. This next song is pretty good. Please, give it a chance!”
As soon as I heard “Sean Penn” I wanted to tune out. But this DJ was speaking to me. Because I’m the one that holds it against you if you’re mean, self-centered, loathsome, egotistical or cruel. I’m not saying Sean Penn is all of those things. Far from it. But a couple of those adjectives might suit him.
What do I hold against Sean Penn? His ill-advised activism, using his celebrity as a vehicle to be heard.
Hugo Chavez is NOT a dictator? The less than literate rant that he paid $56,000 to have printed in the Washington Post speaking out against President Bush?
I’m ok with him having an opinion. I’m ok with his right to express it. What I have a problem with is him relying on his high school education coupled with his portrayal of serious characters in film in myopic Hollywood and thinking this makes him a highly educated, worldly, wise and fair representative of the poor and down trodden.
Sorry. It just doesn’t work that way. You’re getting paid to pretend to be someone else. After you finish pretending, you’re still you. You do not get to keep all of the intelligence, world experience and wisdom of the character you played.
It is so hard for me to look past the in-your-face activism of Hollywood. Whether it be Jane Fonda or Oprah. Sean Penn or Charlton Heston. Give me the quiet, humble, hard-working, and fairly anonymous Steven Spielberg, Mariah Carey or Sandra Bullock - all widely recognized for their philanthropic efforts without major headlines.
So give Michael a chance. This song is pretty good. And I prefer this unplugged version.
An oldie, but a goodie.
A one hit wonder.
Possibly because his brother is Sean Penn.