Sean Penn Hopes His Critics ‘Die Screaming of Rectal Cancer’ (Video)

March 6, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Academy Award winning actor and political activist Sean Penn is no stranger to controversy. And he is quick to become personally involved in disaster relief, most notably during Hurricane Katrina and now with the quake-ravaged country of Haiti, where he has used his fame and fortune to establish a private Haitian relief organization. But he has come under attack from some of his fans for using Haitian relief efforts as a cynical publicity stunt. During a taping of an appearance on CBS News’ Sunday Morning, set to air this Sunday, Penn lashed out at his critics in his own special way, saying that he wished they would just go away and die of “rectal cancer” already. Penn,49, who traveled to Cuba two-years ago to meet with Raúl Castro, and even met with Hugo Chávez, said during the interview, that he is just too busy setting up a Hatian tent camp and saving the children to be bothered with what his critics say about him.

Penn told CBS correspondent Lara Logan that he brought 11 doctors and $1 million to Haiti in a suitcase, with the help of businesswoman Diana Jenkins, soon after the massive earthquake ravaged the country on January 12. “We were able to get X-ray machines, and ventilators, and do all kinds of things,” he said.

When asked to respond to criticism that his relief efforts were a publicity stunt, Penn responded:

“I guess I’ve been so away from it all– and our tent camp in Haiti that I haven’t had an awful lot of time to pay attention to them,” he says. “You know, do I hope that those people die screaming of rectal cancer? Yeah. You know, but I’m not going to spend a lot of energy on it.”

The outspoken actor who is undergoing a divorce from his wife Robin Wright, says he plans to involve his two children Hopper Jack, 16 and Dylan, 18 in the Haitian relief effort.

“I think that they’ve had the experience, as I have, that the first person served by service is the server. You know, there’s nobody in the world that isn’t looking for a kind of purpose in life, and tangible purpose is the most immediately recognizable. You know, there’s no time that you’re over there, there’s not something to do to lend a hand.”

Meanwhile, one can assume that the actor who recently took home an Oscar for his role playing Harvey Milk in the film “Milk,” doesn’t literally wish for is critics to die from rectal cancer. But, who really knows.

Penn, a frequent critic of the Bush administration, famously won a “Meta-Free-Phor-All” contest versus Stephen Colbert, with the following quote about George Bush’s policies:

“We cower as you point your fingers telling us to support our troops. You and the smarmy pundits in your pocket– those who bathe in the moisture of your soiled and blood-soaked underwear– can take that noise and shove it.”


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