In the wake of Sean Penn’s stunning Rolling Stone profile of El Chapo, we learned that the meeting (which took place in the Sinaloa mountains) reportedly led to El Chapo’s arrest. Actress Kate Del Castillos and Penn are under investigation for meeting with the drug lord and never alerting authorities. Rolling Stone fully endorsed the profile, which shines light on their often murky journalistic ethics. Folks aren’t keen to forget the publication’s styling of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev like a teen idol or the journalistic lapses of the UVA rape story. This El Chapo piece won’t help matters.
The article itself also drew much criticism. Penn drew the piece like a diary entry with a few interview questions tacked on at the end. The wide-ranging internet reactions took aim at Penn’s morally ambiguous stances and fart-sniffing prose. For sure, farts were definitely sniffed in this profile, so here are some of the most outrageous words from old man Penn:
The piece begins with Penn rambling about burner phones, encryption, email, and the “clandestine horror show” of technology:
“At 55 years old, I’ve never learned to use a laptop. Do they still make laptops? No f*cking idea!”
Penn introduces the world to his companion and “brother in arms,” who may or may not exist as a well-traveled bald man:
“Espinoza is the owl who flies among falcons.”