Maria Conchita Alonso to Sean Penn: Let's face it, you're a communist A-hole

Via the New York Post, which has an account of their angry exchange at LAX, 15 solid minutes of hippie-punching goodness. Skip ahead to 5:30 for the meaty bits. She wrote an open letter to Penn last year unloading on him for his cretinous Chavista apologetics and I guess he must have remembered because allegedly the word “pig” ended up being thrown around during their chat — and not by Alonso. Quoth the NYP:

Penn, traveling from Haiti, told us: “I only knew that a hostile woman was nonsensically berating me. I didn’t realize it was that actress. I think I worked with her once. But she looks really different. She was uninformed and impolite to all the other passengers.” The two starred in the 1988 film “Colors,” as lovers on different sides of the gang war in Los Angeles.

If you’ve never seen it, go watch Penn defend Chavez’s decision to deny a broadcasting license to an opposition Venezuelan TV station in 2007. The pretext for that was the station’s alleged complicity in a coup attempt against Chavez in 2002, a charge that was never proved in court; the regime’s decision not to renew its license was wildly unpopular in Venezuela and among international media rights groups but Chavez went ahead with it anyway. The interesting thing about the old Penn clip isn’t that he backs Chavez on it — that’s simply a useful idiot being a useful idiot — but that he accuses the station of having regularly called for Chavez’s assassination. That’s never been part of the case against them from what I’ve read on the subject; it smells like propaganda that Chavez or one of his apparatchiks might have fed to Penn for occasions just like this, thinking that he’d eat it up and regurgitate it as necessary. Darned if they weren’t right.