Sean Penn's Falklands attack continued Wednesday as the actor slammed Britain's deployment of Prince William to the disputed territory.
Currently touring South America as part of his role as ambassador for Haiti, Penn yesterday called Britain's presence in the Falklands colonialist, ludicrous, and archaic, while visiting with Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Buenos Aires.
After facing a barrage of criticism from the British press, Penn continued on the theme Wednesday, voicing his disapproval over Prince WIlliam being sent to the Falklands -- which the Argentines call the Malvinas -- as a search-and-rescue pilot.
Speaking after a meeting with Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, Penn stated. It's unthinkable that the United Kingdom can make a conscious decision to deploy a prince within the military to the Malvinas, knowing the great emotional sensitivity both of mothers and fathers in the United Kingdom and in Argentina who lost sons and daughters in a war of islands with a population of so few.
There are many places to deploy the prince. It's not necessary, when the deployment of a prince is generally accompanied by warships, to send them into the seas of such shared blood.
British tabloid The Sun described Penn as grinning smugly as he delivered his tirade, while The Telegraph reported that veterans from the 1982 Falklands War called Penn's comments moronic.
Conservative MP Patrick Mercer also weighed into the debate, saying what on earth has this got to do with Sean Penn? He's neither British nor Argentine and seems to know nothing about the situation judging by this moronic statement.
A good number of his movies have been turkeys, so I suppose we shouldn't expect much better coming out of his mouth.
The Milk and Fast Times at Ridgemont High star struck right back, though. My oh my, aren't people sensitive to the word colonialism, particularly those who implement colonialism, he said.