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Sean Penn is Honored and Angry

Sean Penn was honored last night at the Christopher Reeve First Amendment Awards in NYC. When the outspoken actor took the stage to accept his award he took the opportunity to say we should impeach the president, but then that was interrupted by his cell phone that wouldn't stop ringing. He shocked the crowd including Heather Graham, Laurence Fishburne, Kerry Washington and others. Here's more:

Penn spoke in measured tones but was actually quite inflammatory. The combination worked. He also threw a verbal grenade into the crowd when he said: "So look, if we attempt to impeach for lying about a [oral sex act], yet accept these almost certain abuses without challenge, we become a [human] stain on the flag we wave."

Penn's proclamation went beyond just staining the red, white and blue. He preceded that line with: "Let's put his administration under oath," he said. "And then if the crimes of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors are proven, do as Article 2, Section 4 of the United States constitution provides, and remove the president, vice president, and … civil officers of the United States from office."

Branford Marsalis, Harvey Keitel and Marcia Gay Harden were also honored last night. More pics of Sean Penn, Marcia Gay Harden, Heather, Kerry, Laurence and more so


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redegg redegg 9 years
Yeah I love Sean Penn and Matt Damon. I love all Hollywood actors who also do not serve in the war or have children serving in any way shape or form. I love everyone who gets their views of the world from people magazine. I love all of the people who are embarrassed by America. I love all of the people who hate their government, yet yearn for more of their involvement. I love people who equate raising taxes with doing your good deed for society and those in need. I love people who don't realize that it uses more natural resources to produce hybrid cars and organic food than it saves in the long run. I love that congressmen in my state are now working to make it against the law to eat transfats. I love that in a town near me they have now outlawed leafblowers. I love that people are paid by the city go through our trash to check our recycling habits and invade our privacy, yet we can't allow the government to trace the calls of persons linked to terrorism. It is more important to recycle than to not get blown up. I love that Santa Claus is about to be outlawed. I love that I feel like I am in the twilight zone.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
LOL Twinks!!! :rotfl: I love Sean Penn. Love him.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Snicker doodle, no, Cheryl Crow didn't talk about starving people or AIDS in africa but yes those things do make me sad, she went on a rant about how america is in Iraq and should be elsewehere. I support the effort to end starvation and help with AIDS awareness in africa. I buy product red stuff and donate money to various charities. your comment was rude. When I pay $50 for a concert ticket to HEAR MUSIC by john mayer and Cheryl crow, that is what i want. I don't want some political tyrade that I may or may not agree with. I went to a 3 doors down concert. They were able to pay tribute to the troops in iraq with their song that goes "hold me when I here, love me when im gone" WITHOUT saying whether they were for or against the war, which political side they were on etc. That, i appreciated and regardless of their political beliefs I will continue to listen to them. Perhaps you should ask me more questions next time? DON'T JUST ASS-UM-E THINGS SWEETHEART AS IT MAKES AN ASS OUT OF U AND ME. I'm all in.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
I appreciate a person that speaks his mind and holds true to his own integrity, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to actually HEAR our dear Mr. Penn through so much of his angry shouting. (By the by, funny tagline.)
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 9 years
I really appreciate Sean taking advantage of his right as an American citizen to practice freedom of speech. (Becoming an actor does not remove that precious right.) He cares about his country and wants to make sure it's potential is realized. The point of his comments was obviously to get people thinking and talking about some very relevant issues, and I'd say he succeeded.
sweetnsour sweetnsour 9 years
Last time I checked this WAS still America...People, regardless of their occupation have a right to express their opinions. I think it is more than appropriate for Penn to express his disdain at a First Amendment Awards ceremony?????!!!!! You know it really bugs me when people use the Constitution/Bill of Rights as a "selective document". He has every right to speak his mind on how this country has been run-rather it be in a positive or negative tone. People need to get over themselves!!! If you do not agree---its cool. That's what is SUPPOSED to make this country so great. I can respect anyone who stands for SOMETHING! Too many people today are wishy-washy and Politically Correct. It sickens me! Good for you Sean!!! (BTW...I love Madonna, but I think he actually aged much better than her:-)
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Well, Drella, than you just proved the point that I was trying to make that people are never happy during war. I asked Sweet C if there was ever a president liked during a war and she brought up FDR. I, actually, was not alive during the 30's so I don't know for a fact what it was like. And I really think that what you learned depends on where you went to school. It's been a while since I had a history class, but I seem to remember the nation pulling together for WWII. (Women working in factories, the Bond sales, etc.) War is never a good time. That's the only point I was trying to make. No president that ever had to 'oversee' a war ever had a good time doing it. And they ALL took the brunt of the problems as the leader of our country, despite the fact that they have to have most of the government behind them to even GO TO war.
clepiau clepiau 9 years
I'm with the crowd who are annoyed by political celebs. Not because I think they don't have a right to have and voice their opinions - I completely understand that they do - but because their opinions are given disproportionate attention. As yiddidea pointed out, "there is a large portion of the population whose only source of 'world news' is the celebrity gossip columns." I guess that's great if you happen to be a liberal democrat (like most, though certainly not all, celebrities). If you agree with Sean Penn, et al. then your opinion gets voiced on an international stage by all the cool kids. Awesome, right?! But what if your beliefs tend to run conservative? What if you happen to be (dare I say it?) one of those evil republicans? Who shares my opinion? Well, actually, a lot of people do. For goodness sake, the whole center of the country feels more like I do than like Sean Penn does on most things, but you'd never know that if you get all your "news" from gossip columns, would you? Just because celebrities have microphones and an audience doesn't necessarily make them right. That said, though, I will agree with the previous poster who said that SP is a man of action. He didn't just donate money and complain during Katrina, he (along with a few other celebs and a whole lot of regular people including, I'm very proud to say, my own parents) went down there and walked around in that nastiness, endangering his own well-being, trying to help his countrymen. And I don't think these particular remarks were inflammatory at all. I don't agree with him, but it sounds to me like he's just saying "let's look into it."
drella drella 9 years
FDR was back when people were patriotic and stood by their country, but you are right that he was pres. during war. Butrfly4404 this is just wrong. roosevelt was elected in the 1930s, some of the most radical years in american history and some of the most filled with dissent. if you're defining patriotism as blindly following the powers that be (which seems to be your position), your argument doesn't work at all. people weren't slavishly devoted to the government in the 30s; they were very, very angry at it, more than they had been since the revolution and more than they have ever been again. people liked FDR, yes, but they were most definitely not pleased with the way the USA was going.
redegg redegg 9 years
I should have put this on the matt damon post instead! LOL, I didn't see it!
redegg redegg 9 years
Does anyone remember the world trade center being bombed in the mid-1990's the first time? 9/11 wasn't a conspiracy against the evil Bush family because of oil. The problem with actors saying all of these political ideas is that often they are not completely informed about a situation yet they take it upon themselves to tell everyone listening about their spin on whatever issue it is. And often it is young people, who don't read the papers or watch enough news to form an informed view of their own who then see this and think it must be right cause Sean Penn said it and he's great!! Right!? Take Matt Damon on Hardball yesterday saying that the military is represented by the lower class and it is unfortunate that they are compelled to serve because of financial reasons. Statistical studies show that the middle class is more that well represented and it is actually a sacrifice to serve and something people proudly do for their country, not something people turn to because of financial reasons. Lower class people are not driven into the military, all classes of people volunteer because they want to serve their country and give. But no one will ever say to Matt or any celebrity that they are not quite right or correct them because if they do, the movie stars avoid going on that show because they don't want to be made out like fools. But they don't know what they are talking about!!!!! So what would Matt suggest instead of the way it is set up now as a volunteer army? A draft? Higher pay (which they deserve)? He just used it as a jab against Bush and said we should send the Bush girls over into the war. Okay...
Blondieforever Blondieforever 9 years
I hate political celebrities...no one cares what you think! Well, 99% don't! Just shut up and do what you're PAID to do- act!
Ginger Ginger 9 years
Great to see someone finally recognizing and awarding Sean for the work that is closest to his heart. And kudos to Sean Penn for wanting his life to be about something more than movies and entertainment.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Mar, you can't say 911 wouldn't have happened if someone else had been in office. you don't know that. only God does. As far as Bush is concerned. I am a conservative. not a republican. in my book there is a difference. I am also a libertarian. i am also a liberal. it depends on the issue. I like bush as a person, not taking his conduct as president into consideration. I think as president he has taken the steps he feels was necessary to defend the freedom and constitution of the united states, as was stated in his oath when he was sworn in. I am not going to criticize him, no matter my feelings, as I don't know what I would have done as president. I wish everyone could agree to disagree.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
9/11 was planned for years...in fact, there was a foiled attempt years before. No, BC's lies didn't affect us, but him distracting the world from the real problems (remember when they disregarded info indicating the attacks were coming??). GG now...thanks for the debate, all... Lib/Con arguments always get my blood flowing!
mar mar 9 years
9/11 would not of happenned if the Bush was not in office, There is personal vendetta against the bush family from Al Queda. The Bush's are the most corrupt family in America. Bill Clinton lying under oath did not result in our families as well as others dying. It was a moral issue, not a money issue. Nobody can afford healthcare, nobody can afford gasoline, our dollar is lower then the euro , and China is about to take over as the superpower, just because Bush is so effin stupid, he does not care about you or me, he cares about oil and how much control he has over the world's supply.
sashak sashak 9 years
Librarians can be thrown in jail for refusing to hand over the lists. My mom is one, so that one particular provision really buggs me. yeah, IMA & all those Sweet Valley Highs I checked out to reread over vaycay!!
sashak sashak 9 years
the US Patriot Act was a knee-jerk reaction to the 9/11 attacks. yeas, some of the provisions are needed in this modern world, but it is far to broad & encompasses things (such as library check-out lists) that the gov't has no business looking into.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
and, btw: "Nineteen Arab men boarded the four planes, five each on American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 77, four on United Airlines Flight 93. Fifteen of the attackers were from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt, and one from Lebanon." So maybe it's still not Iraq, but at least I wasn't wrong.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
The Patriot Act was the result of 9/11...
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
Amen Ima! I'm only half in.
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 9 years
ok nightie nite im out for real this time
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 9 years
yea that has worked real well in the past. Bushie's boys heard all the elevated "chatter" the days leading up to 9\11. way to follow thru ;)
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 9 years
yea that has worked real well in the past. Bushie's boys heard all the elevated "chatter" the days leading up to 9\11. way to follow thru
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
:) Thought you were out, girl? You monitor their phone calls. ;)
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