As my esteemed older brother noted below, moderately famous actor and political wannabe Kal Penn — who should have stuck with being boring on House — recently tweeted his support of the New York City Police Department’s now-unconstitutional stop and frisk policy that disproportionately affects minorities. (People responding to Penn’s tweet seemed incredulous, at least. One suggested that Penn forgot the #snark hashtag. Penn responded with a slur against “activist judges” so clearly that’s a thing for Democrats to be mad about now.)

Joe forgot another important reason to loathe Penn — besides his inability to realize that brown people who aren’t famous actor friends of Obama may be getting the short end of the authority stick — his bullshit on the drug war. A man made famous for being the Cheech for a new generation also  acted the sniveling weasel apologist for Obama the drug war war hypocrite.

As Mike Riggs wrote at Reason.com last September:

Actor Kal Penn and President Barack Obama were both raked over the coals yesterday for their collaboration on a campaign video teasing Penn’s upcoming appearance at the Democratic National Convention. In that video, Penn reprised his role as Kumar from the Harold and Kumar movies, and takes a phone call from Obama while stoned, watching cartoons, and eating junkfood. The subtle implication is that marijuana users are easily swayed, lazy idiots.

Reason, the Marijuana Policy Project, LEAP, and several others criticized Penn and Obama for the video, as Obama has utterly failed to live up to his promise to deprioritze federal prosections of medical marijuana.

In an interview with Chris Moody of Yahoo! News, Penn said

“I think that the president’s been pretty consistent with that. He’s not in favor of legalization, we should be open about something like that. But what the president has done is take a really smart look at the Department of Justice and said, given the fact that the federal government has limited resources, we should be allocating them toward violent criminals and not towards non-violent criminals. We can see that not just in things like marijuana but in things like immigration reform where he’s going after and deporting violent criminals and making sure that if you’re a Dream Act eligible student that you know that you can apply for your deferred status. Wherever the federal government has an appropriate role, I think the president’s been very consistent in that. That’s something that I think folks should know.”

Penn should have stuck to the world of fiction, because his political views lie entirely in that realm as well.

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  • https://www.youtube.com/user/KizoneKaprow Kizone Kaprow

    Why are libertarians so obsessed with actors and celebrities who exercise their First Amendment rights and voice their opinions on political issues? Is it because they are so often wrong (on the internet)? So what? Actors have no political power. They can’t write legislation or tax me or arrest me or send me off to war. They’re just individuals with a higher soapbox than the average blogger or commentator. So is it simply a matter of some small jealously — that these mere actors might influence a greater number of people than do all the virtuous, right-thinking bloggers and their obsessive-compulsive commentariat? I’ll worry about Penn when he becomes the governor of my state. In the meantime, I’ll continue to ignore him and Alec Baldwin and all the other powerless “enemies of freedom” that libertarians fret over.

    • Lucy Steigerwald

      I don’t know that we’re SO obsessed, but it’s easy and often fun to tear apart a hack, be they actor, media person, or politician. I usually save up the actor vitriol for folks who are worse than moderate left, as is Penn, and who support really nasty stuff. Plus Penn had a government job, technically. He’s got the pompousness of Hollywood AND the White House. That balloon of satisfaction should be punctured.