Given the recent post on Argentine stereotypes, the Falklands and xenophobia, The Knife’s beliefs have happily been reinforced by a timely rant from Sean Penn. Penn is a typical “celebrity” with silly hair (see also Steve Coogan) who is motivated by an utterly sincere and deep love of himself and his exalted place in the cosmos.*****

Naturally, being an actor in a lot of rubbish movies qualifies him to make ex cathedra statements on the geopolitical issues of the day. He’s so bad he makes Bono look like Henry Kissinger.

Anyway, given his propensity to hang around with dodgy Latin American leaders, he’s inevitably wound up getting lovey-dovey with Cristina Kirchner. I quote:

“The world today is not going to tolerate any ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology”

“I know I came at a very sensitive moment in terms of diplomacy between Argentina and the UK over the Malvinas…the world today cannot tolerate ridiculous demonstrations of colonialism.”

‘Penn’ of course being a Native American name, as ‘Kirchner’ is 10th generation Patagonian.

Sean is also some kind of Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti. As if they hadn’t suffered enough already.

** This from Tim Stanley, is very funny

*** And this is a superb demolition of Argentina’s economic situation

**** A little history

***** A timely comment from Mikhail Gorbachev, bizarrely

Isn't that a colonialist in the painting?


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