Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sean Penn's Letter to Trey Parker and Matt Stone

When browsing through the trivia for Team America: World Police, I found this lil' nugget I thought you might enjoy. We all know that the South Park creators are infamous for impersonating celebrities (although poorly) and criticizing them for their political involvement and phony-taking-up-of-causes for press.

Well Sean Penn fought back after Parker and Stone lampooned him in Team America. Below is the letter that he sent to the guys when the movie was released. The movie is what sparked this letter, but as you read you'll see it gets very political and causey, making you want to slap the pretentious right out of him. What's more hilarious is that other celebs in the movie like George Clooney and Matt Damon (Maaattt Daammooonn!) thoroughly enjoyed their cameos and seemed to understand that it was all in good fun, and comedy is... well... just comedy. Get over yourself. Pshhh...

Guess Spicoli can't take a joke.

October 6, 2004

To Trey Parker and Matt Stone,

I remember a cordial hello when you guys were beginning to be famous guys around Hollywood at some party. I remember several times getting a few giggles out of your humor. I remember not being bothered as you traded on my name among others to appear witty, above it all, and likeable to your crowd. I never mind being of service, in satire and silliness.

I do mind when anybody who doesn't have a child, doesn't have a child at war, or isn't or won't be in harm's way themselves, is encouraging that there's "no shame in not voting" "if you don't know what you're talking about" (Mr. Stone) without mentioning the shame of not knowing what your talking about, and encouraging people to know. You guys are talented young guys but alas, primarily young guys. It's all well to joke about me or whomever you choose. Not so well, to encourage irresponsibility that will ultimately lead to the disembowelment, mutilation, exploitation, and death of innocent people throughout the world. The vote matters to them. No one's ignorance, indcluding a couple of hip cross-dressers, is an excuse.

All best, and a sincere fuck you,

Sean Penn

P.S. Take this as a personal invitation from me to you (you can ask Dennis Miller along for the ride as well) to escort you on a trip, which I took last Christmas. We'll fly to Amman, Jordan and I'll ride with you in a (?) 12 hours through the Sunni Triangle into Fallujah and Baghdad and I'll show you around. When we return, make all the fun you want.

Watch the guys talk about it, it's quite hilar.


Mike Lippert said...

Love the salutation at the end. I laughed out loud. He does, depending on how you feel about the movie, have somewhat of a point. Ya, it's a comedy but it's kind of a thoughtless and reckless comedy that came out at the wrong time and was about the wrong situation.

Angie said...

Very true, Mike. But I like what the guys said in that clip, that Sean accused them of trying to sway an election with a puppet movie, LOL! Meanwhile Penn was the one trying to spread his political beliefs all over the place.

I guess on the outside the movie's offensive, but truly it pokes fun at the US's reaction to terrorism, ie blowing up all of Egypt in an attempt to stop a terrorist, and referring to every country in terms of its distance from the US.