Actor Sean Penn actually tweeted this:
- I like Sean Penn. I do. He’s a superior actor, and he has done some important humanitarian work. How I wish that performers I admire as artists wouldn’t leap down the cognitive dissonance scale and make it nearly impossible for me to continue to enjoy their art. DeNiro, Streep, Penn—it becomes nearly impossible to watch such people portray intelligent and complex characters while I’m thinking, “This person is an idiot!”
- Imagine the hubris, ego and arrogance of someone who could dash off such cretinism without doing minimal research. And you thought Andrea Mitchell humiliated herself! Once again, this is Dunning-Kruger at its most tragic.
- These people mocked Donald Trump’s tweets.
- If the thousands of Penn’s followers who liked, re-tweeted or quoted this tweet are employed as anything but unpaid bait shop interns, imagine the chaos they must be responsible for every day—setting themselves on fire, mistaking their children for vegetables, applauding Brian Stelter, donating to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. It’s horrifying.
- Most of the mockery online has centered on Penn’s misspelling of “Satan.” That’s a pity: his first seven words might contain more ignorance than any serious sequence of equal brevity in the history of the English language. It’s a real achievement. Besides, he could have written “Santa.”
- I keep begging lawyers in my ethics seminars: “Don’t use Twitter! It makes you stupid! Look at what’s happened to Larry Tribe! And if you are already stupid, everyone will find out!” They pay no attention…