(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) In a melodramatic video, professional actor and amateur political activist Sean Penn gave one of his Oscar trophies to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for his incredible acting performance over the past nine months.
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The visit was Penn’s third trip to the country, which has become a cause célèbre for radical leftists since the escalation in February of its long-running war with Russia.
“This time our meeting was special,” said Zelenskyy, a former comedian who elevated to fame for his television portrayal of an average citizen who accidentally becomes Ukraine’s president in the series Servant of the People.
“Sean brought his Oscar statuette as a symbol of faith in the victory of our country,” Zelenskyy continued. “She will stay in Ukraine until the end of the war.”
As part of the quid pro quo arrangement, Zelenskyy—whose government is being supported by hundreds of billions of dollars in American funding—awarded Penn the the Order of Merit, III degree.
“Thank you for such sincere support and a significant contribution to the popularization of Ukraine in the world!” Zelenskyy said in his statement, according to the Odesa Film Studio.
Penn, who has play-acted as a soldier before, seems to be confusing the movies with reality. He said that he has been considering arming himself in recent days in order to stop the evil Russian empire.
“If you’ve been in Ukraine [fighting] has to cross your mind. And you kind of think what century is this?” Penn said. “Because I was at the gas station in Brentwood the other day and I’m now thinking about taking up arms against Russia? What the f*** is going on?”
The Fast Times at Ridgemont High actor has enjoyed something of a second act in his unusual career path by traveling to crisis and conflict zones, sometimes raising questions about whether his involvement might violate the Logan Act, which prevents private citizens from interfering in diplomatic relations.
But Penn said fighting on the front lines in Ukraine would be the ultimate challenge for his dark-tourism fetish.
“If you have seen war—and I’ve seen a little bit of it—there’s a rite of passage while you are in or near it that has to do with some basic questions you ask yourself: how would I react?” he pined.
“Could I keep enough oxygen in my brain to make clear judgments?” he continued. “Are you going to be damaged by being in a war, emotionally or psychologically?”
As might be expected, Penn has spent the last two months warmongering in the name of democratic dreams.
“Ukraine is the tip of the spear for the democratic embrace of dreams,” he wrote. “If we allow it to fight alone, our soul as America is lost.”
Despite reports that officials in the Biden adminstration were privately urging him to broker a negotiation with Russia, Zelenskyy said Monday that he would only do so if a long list of conditions were met, including the removal of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.