I am a father to a son who is not yet four months old. I am constantly wondering what he will be like in the future. Will he be a “chip off the ol’ block” or will he be a rebel and blaze his own path? I did rather well for myself — going from a homeless twelve year old boy who did not attend the seventh grade to graduating from a major university with two degrees paid for by a full ride scholarship to celebrating seven successful years as an entrepreneur and business owner by forty – so, I wouldn’t mind if he followed in my footsteps (except for the being homeless and not going to the seventh grade part).
I often wonder how I will impart those qualities that made me successful in my life. I worry that I might miss some of those “impact moments” as he grows because I want to steer him in the direction of doing the right thing in life… doing what is ethical… what is moral. If I am there to help him through some of these moments, I know his character will properly develop and he will possess principals and be a good contributing member to society.
Then, there are those dads who catch their sons right in the middle of one of those “impact moments” and either lacks the cojones to do something about it, or they don’t possess the strong moral character to steer their sons in the right direction. Very recently, we observed Sean Penn on video witness his unprovoked son, Hopper, physically attack a TMZ cameraman and follow up with what I call “abusive epithets or “insensitive remarks” that my friends on the Left call “racist” and “bigoted” (when their political enemies use the same language)… Nigger and Faggot.
How Hopper Penn came to so freely use these terms is a matter of debate. Some suggest that this behavior is learned at home. That isn’t a “vast right wing conspiracy,” that is coming from the experts.
Hopper recently provided a statement regarding the incident, “I was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal – threatened and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions. I deeply regret my choice of words,” which by any reasonable calculation is not an apology… just an excuse. Sean Penn has yet to make a statement.
So, does Sean Penn lack the testicular fortitude to grab his kid in the middle of this incident and slap him upside the head and say, “What the hell is the matter with you?” Given his violent nature, one that caused him to pick up a baseball bat and hit Madonna in the head during an argument, disciplining his child should be pretty easy. So, we can presume that he doesn’t lack the cojones to make a teachable moment out of the whole mess. So, we’re left with what is probably really going on… there is no quality character imparting good moral values in the Penn household.
I am learning now… my son mimics me. Soon, I know he will say the things I say. And as he gets older, and wants to be nothing like his dad, I am sure he will realize he is just like me. It’s how we get the old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” So, the question is begged, does Sean Penn talk about “niggers” and “faggots” around his house when he is in private and not having to try to maintain some sort of charitable and advocacy facade? The question doesn’t need to be answered by Penn, because his actions spoke louder than any words he could ever utter. He simply failed to admonish his child for making those types of racial and bigoted slurs. His silence spoke volumes. It condoned his son’s behavior. And we are left with the answer… like racist and bigoted son, like racist and bigoted father.
Going back to what I mentioned earlier, I worry that I won’t be around for moments like the one Sean Penn was present for with his son, Hopper. It’s unfathomable to me, a father of a son, that I would stand idly by and not kick his butt if he acted that way in front of me. Sean Penn’s lack of a reaction is inexcusable and it is exasperated by a lack of statement apologizing for his son’s behavior. It’s because of this, according to the Left’s definition, that Sean Penn is a racist and a bigot… and he uses his activism and charitable missions as a way to deflect the very type of criticism he deserves. And even if Penn issued a statement at this point, several days after the incident, it would only be perceived as too little too late. He had plenty of opportunity to be outraged by his son’s behavior, to correct him in the court of public opinion, and he even failed at that in a timely manner.
One thing is for sure, Sean Penn is never going to win Father of the Year… racists and bigots rarely do.
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