Monday, September 05, 2005

When Photo Ops Go Bad

Sean Penn proved today why Hollywood photo ops should be limited to the red carpet out front of the academy awards.

The Autralia Herald Sun has a report on an unsuccessful rescue attempt staged by actor Sean Penn.
EFFORTS by Hollywood actor Sean Penn to aid New Orleans victims stranded by Hurricane Katrina foundered badly overnight, when the boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak.

Penn had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.

The actor, known for his political activism, was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flak jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup.

When the boat's motor failed to start, those aboard were forced to use paddles to propel themselves down the flooded New Orleans street.

Asked what he had hoped to achieve in the waterlogged city, the actor replied: "Whatever I can do to help."

With the boat loaded with members of Penn's entourage, including a personal photographer, one bystander taunted the actor: "How are you going to get any people in that thing?"

Now close your eyes and imagine Sean Penn, the poster child for lunatic hollywood political activism sitting in his sinking boat with his "entourage" bailing with a red plastic cup.

This is almost as funny as environmentalist, anti-big oil, peacenik Sean Penn's Buick Grand National (SUV) getting stolen in April of 2003, with two handguns in the trunk.

Mr. Penn if you really need to get your name and picture in the paper so badly why don't you try doing something truly useful. You could volunteer to be a human shield for the New Orleans Mayor. I hear the CIA is trying to assassinate him.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said he's feeling better about his city, he feels confident he has gotten the attention of Gov. Kathleen Blanco and President Bush, but he said he fears the Central Intelligence Agency may take him out because he's been yelling at these officials.

He didn't say it once. He said it twice.

Last night he told a reporter for the Associated Press: "If the CIA slips me something and next week you don't see me, you'll all know what happened."

Today he told interviewers for CNN on a live broadcast he feared the "CIA might take me out."

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