Sean Penn’s Political Rant Interrupted by Young Republicans

Sean Penn had hardly ventured into the wild when he delivered his recent speech at San Francisco State University, but the local elements were fierce nonetheless. Just before he had made his sentiments completely clear for the audience, a member of the school’s student Republican organization stood up, faced the rest of the crowd and held up protest signs. Then, a supporter of presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich confronted the protester mano-y-mano. (Gusty on both counts!)

Mr. Penn’s diatribe, which can be read in-full here, addresses all manner of political topics—from President George W. Bush’s “great enemy in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez,” to Hillary Clinton. Near the end of the 2,000-word speech, around the time he was interrupted, he asks his listeners to approach the senator from New York warily. “Let’s remind our friends in the social circles of New York and the highbrow winner-friendly and monied major cities that support Mrs. Clinton, that this is not Bill Clinton,” the actor says, moments later adding: “[D]on’t underestimate personal agendas, those that initiated NAFTA, betrayed Haitian refugees and gay rights in the military within a minute of his own election. Don’t underestimate that part of him when he gives his wife the face of his talent.”