Funny! But Stupid And Depressing: More Evidence That Celebrity Political Opinions Lower The National IQ

Actor Sean Penn actually tweeted this:

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Observations:

  • 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…

12 thoughts on “Funny! But Stupid And Depressing: More Evidence That Celebrity Political Opinions Lower The National IQ

  1. 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…

    The urge to become “Internet famous” beats strong in the American breast. My wife temporarily succumbed to that temptation, and I have also been enamored of it for a short time.

    Being an anonymous “gray man” or woman (heaven forfend I should show gender bias) may sound like a state unimportance, but I imagine there are a large number of “Internet-famous” people now brutally canceled by the Twitter mob who fervently wish for that status and the freedom it offers. The desire for social status and the accompanying illusion of power it brings is strong in Homo Sapiens, especially among those who are convinced of their moral superiority. But that way lies a very narrow, tall and unsteady pedestal, and the attendant fall is long indeed.

    Celebrities, in particular, get granted by our society a level of credibility that is entirely undeserved, and Penn is an example of such a person who has wasted that advantage by trying to display his “virtue” relentlessly and with almost zero self-awareness. There is no doubt in my mind that he’s intelligent enough not to have made the grievous errors in his risible tweet, but his own sense of moral superiority rendered him… well, as you say Jack, stupid. Blinded by his bias, sure in his ignorance, he put both on full display in an amusing self-beclowning.

    We should all eschew moral certitude, it is an enemy. That’s where ethics steps in — to guide us away from the blindness of moral certitude and the attendant desire to show how virtuous we are to those we think need to see it. It is one more of many wide roads to perdition.

    • How does one forget that Evangelicals aren’t Catholic? That’s even beyond the abilities of alcohol.

      Nay, this is what true privilege looks like. To go through life making zero effort, surrounded by people who pretend you’re clever and interesting. Assaulting people and suffering no real consequences.

      • I beg to differ; nothing is beyond the abilities of alcohol. I know this first-hand.

        Perhaps you’re right about privilege, but really, who cares? It’s Sean Penn — yet another ac-TOR who lives in a world none of us have experienced. I, for one, am deeply thankful for that fact.

  2. You don’t even have to get to “Satin” for the stupid. The Vatican is the head of the Roman Catholic Church; evangelicals are Protestants over which the Vatican has no authority.

    • IDK, I think we’re long overdue for an inquisition. We have to be inclusive, so inquiring about the orthodoxy of the fundamentalist must be an option.

    • Hence the line in the next to last bullet point, “his first seven words might contain more ignorance than any serious sequence of equal brevity in the history of the English language.”

      Be honest now: you were skimming again, weren’t you? Come on, I won’t be mad…

  3. Yeah, oddly incoherent. But, you know, Sean Penn is probably looking over his should everyday because he is a target for Chapo Guzman. Penn tricked Kate Del Castillo into a meeting with Chapo under false pretense. Penn promised to back her movie project based on Guzman if she would set up a meeting. The DEA, FBI, and Mexican authorities bugged and tracked his phone, allowing them to “find” Guzman who had been hiding in plane sight, leading to his re-arrest, extradition to the US, trial, conviction and elude sentence in maximum security prison. So, he is too distracted by all of that to proof read the things he posts on social media.

    jvb

  4. None of you should jump to the conclusion that he was an altered host as he tweeted. His drinking habits here at home are well recognized and seemingly perpetual. I doubt that his mind has been clear and capable of rational thought for several decades.

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