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Reporter Booted from Sean Penn Gala

The Washington Examiner is reporting that a journalist who asked Sean Penn about his comment that critics of his efforts to help the Haitian people should 'die screaming of rectal cancer.'

Why would it be impossible for Sean Penn to simple respond to the journalist by saying, "I regret making that really stupid comment. I'm very passionate about helping the people of Haiti, and when people suggest that I have an ulterior motive it makes me very angry, and I say stupid things. I regret making that comment -- no one should die of rectal cancer."

But that would be impossible for someone with Penn's self-congratulatory ego. Maybe this whole mess will make Penn a less viable spokesman for future charity drives, which doesn't really help anyone, does it?

Is there a non-profit organization out there that advocates for people who have colon or rectal cancer? Maybe Sean Penn could attend their next fundraiser. Also, could Penn have appeared any more glazed over in that video? He could double as a floor tile. And his comment, "You know, I think that you are investing in a culture that I am not interested in. And you should go your way," .... what does that even mean?

Reporters are supposed to report, and that means asking difficult questions, even at a supposed charity gala. I like to think of journalists as being renegades, inhibitors, not enablers of celebridiots like Sean Penn. He looks vaguely amused that someone had the gall to ask him about his vitriolic statement. He could have defused it very simply by apologizing or expressing some sort of regret. Instead, he went the route of a celebrity primadonna, staring at the PR consultant as if to say, "Who is this person, and why are they not asking me a question that allows me to aggrandize myself?"

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