Posted by Lex, on Mon – September 5, 2005
The next time a Hollywood celebrity tries to impress you with his political acumen **:
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.
Mr 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.
Oh, I know. I shouldn’t josh him for neglecting to put the drainage plug back in the boat before lowering it into the water. Anyone could make that mistake, if he’d never actually launched a boat before. At least he was trying, right?
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?”
You’ve got to bring a cameraman along if you’re an actor, because it’s existentially true that if your heroism and altruism aren’t caught on film, then they never really ever happened…
I know it’s unkind to poke fun at the silly people, but still: Heh.
** 07-12-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.