Beyond the tortured prose and well-documented ethical lapses, the most troubling aspect of Hollywood actor Sean Penn’s “interview” of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, is his childlike presentation of the Sinaloan drug lord as a simple, even heroic campesino who has done what he’s had to do to survive.
Here’s how Penn described Guzmán, who was arrested for a third time by the Mexican government on Friday, in his Rolling Stone article: “Whatever villainy is attributable to this man, and his indisputable street genius, he is also a humble, rural Mexican, whose perception of his place in the world offers a window into an extraordinary riddle of cultural disparity.”
The article ends with a transcript of a crude Q&A apparently conducted by a Guzmán aide who passed along some of Penn’s questions. Here’s how Guzmán justifies his ascension as cartel chief:
“Unfortunately, as I said, where I grew…
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