Sean Penn Observes "Death to America" Prayer

Saturday, June 11, 2005

As a movie critic with strong political opinions I have no problem keeping politics and other biases out of the screening room. Sean Penn is an actor whose talents are limitless. His movies are captivating. "The Interpreter" remains one of this year's finest. But like most Hollywood activists the guy has some opinions I readily dismiss.

The outspoken liberal is currently in Iran studying anti-Americanism, and I have little confidence in the notion that he doesn't share similar sentiments.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Hollywood actor Sean Penn, adopting the role of a journalist, scribbled in his notebook as Friday prayer worshippers in Tehran chanted "Death to America."

Penn, 44, in Iran on a brief assignment for the San Francisco Chronicle went unrecognized by the 6,000 faithful at Tehran University. Working with a translator, Penn took copious notes as hardline cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati urged the congregation to vote en masse "to make America angry."
It will be interesting to hear what he has to say upon his return.