Sean Penn is in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. In the interview he says that his wife of 20 years, Robin Wright is a ghost to him an that he is finally free after marriage and raising kids for 18 years to do what he wants.
“I was for 20 years in a relationship with Robin and 18 years with children. I didn’t have time to commit to anything—for real—in places like Iraq, except to denounce the war. But now I’m single. I can lend a hand.”
Aren't marriage and kids a commitment? For real? I thought they were. I would bash Sean some more, but because I am one who gives credit where credit is due, it does sound like he is actually doing some real good for the people in Haiti. The article talks about how, with two very brief absences, Sean Penn has lived in a tent in Haiti for the past five months and is actually making a difference in the lives of people there.
“My politics are not in line with Sean Penn’s,” states Major General Simeon Trombitas, a frequent guest at J/P HRO compound. “But we are allied in trying to save lives and alleviate human suffering. He is a doer and not a talker...and I respect that immensely.” Lieutenant General P. K. Keen, deputy commander of the U.S. Southern Command, concurs: “In a humanitarian crisis you can be a neutral—always pinching your knuckles white. Or you can operate an NGO the way Mr. Penn does.… He intuitively knew how to both work with the U.N. and break its bureaucracy down.... I applaud the leadership he has shown. He doesn’t have to do this.”
No, he doesn't have to do this and if more people from Hollywood were doers instead of just talkers, then perhaps some things in this world would begin to turn around.