February 17th, 2012 by faye
‘Milk’ actor Sean Penn is recently getting a lot of negative remarks when he accused the British media of provoking war instead of diplomacy to resolve the United Kingdom’s conflict with Argentina over Falkland Islands which both countries claim. However, Sean Penn said that British journalists have altered his comments the day before in support of Argentina’s push for a U.N.-sponsored negotiated settlement to the sovereignty dispute.
“Good journalism saves the world. Bad journalism destroys it,” said 51-year-old actor Sean Penn.
Moreover, it was also reported that Sean Penn allegedly bashed the deployment of Prince William to the Falkland Islands, saying it was an act of “colonialism” at its worst.
“The world today cannot tolerate ridiculous demonstrations of colonialism,” Sean Penn said regarding the conflict between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands.
Members of the Parliament were clearly unhappy with the remarks of Sean Penn, even calling the actor’s comments as “moronic.” British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the other hand, said the decision to remain part of the British Commonwealth or return to Argentine rule should be made by the Falklanders themselves.
“As long as they want to remain part of the United Kingdom and be British, they should be able to do so,” Prime Minister Cameron said.
Daily Mail also expressed their thoughts on the comments of Sean Penn against the press and Prince William, calling his statement “an ugly attack on the press” by a “left-wing U.S. actor.”
“My oh my, aren’t people sensitive to the word ‘colonialism,’ particularly those who implement colonialism,” said ‘I Am Sam’ star Sean Penn Tuesday night.
Moreover, Sean Penn doubled down on his criticism of Britain’s actions leading up to the 30th anniversary of Britain and Argentina’s 10-week war in 1982 over the Falkland Islands, a British territory that Argentines claim as Las Malvinas. More than 900 people were killed in the war.
Britain has sent Prince William on a six-week air force mission to the Falkland islands, together with its most powerful destroyer, the HMS Dauntless. The British government did not deny the reports that it sent a nuclear submarine, possibly with nuclear missiles, to the disputed southern seas.
“I am a very proud American and I am very proud of our alliance with the United Kingdom. But within that premise one also has the reason to criticize when it’s due. It’s unthinkable that the United Kingdom can make a conscious decision to deploy a prince [Prince William] within the military to the Malvinas [Falkland Islands], knowing the great emotional sensitivity both of mothers and fathers in the United Kingdom and in Argentina who lost sons and daughters in a war over islands with a population of so few. There are many places to deploy a prince,” Sean Penn said. “It’s not necessary when the deployment of a prince is generally accompanied by a warship, to send them into seas of such spilled blood,” Sean Penn said.
Britain denies it is militarizing the conflict between their country and Argentina regarding the Falkland Islands, and reiterated that Prince William is serving only as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. Nevertheless, Sean Penn called it a provocation.
Patrick Mercer, a member of the Parliament and a conservative military veteran, says Sean Penn should stay out of the Falkland Islands dispute.
“What on earth has this got to do with Sean Penn? He’s neither British nor Argentine and seems to know nothing about the situation. A good number of his movies have been turkeys, so I suppose we shouldn’t expect much better coming out of his mouth,” Mercer said.
Sean Penn, who runs a Haiti relief organization and was named “ambassador at large” by Haiti’s government, gave his comments about the Britain-Argentina dispute after meeting with President Jose Mujica of Uruguay.