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Sean Penn’s “Epic Insult” Riles His Readers

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Sean Penn’s controversial interview with El Chapo did one major thing: it undermined all the drug war victims, including those who live in fear and the journalists who have died trying to report the truth. This, according to writer and poet Javier Sicilia and journalist Alfredo Corchado.

In the interview, Sean Penn portrayed El Chapo as a sort of “Robin Hood” who helped his community and only kills when necessary. The interview, even a week later, is still grabbing headlines.

Sicilia, whose 24-year-old son was tortured and killed by cartel members in 2011, says, “The face of El Chapo is a smokescreen. Behind the kingpin’s image, which is magnified by the media and the politics of Mexico and the United States, is the hidden truth… of the dead and those who are still disappearing.”

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And, in terms of the many journalists who have lost their lives, Corchado says this interview was an “epic insult to journalists who died in the name of the truth.”

Now Sicilia is asking del Castillo and Penn to use their fame to garner attention for the victims, including those who still live in fear and are constantly disappearing: “[Penn] has a good reputation as a defender of noble causes… and Kate del Castillo—who accompanied us in Los Angeles when we did our march for peace—have the capacity to interview many people,” he said. “And while governments and the media continue to use abstract numbers to talk about victims, it will be difficult to move and touch the hearts of others.”

Read more of what Javier Sicilia has to say from NBC News here.

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These Chants Will Cost Soccer Teams a Lot of Money


These Chants Will Cost Soccer Teams a Lot of Money

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In a weird turn of events, FIFA — whose top officials are embroiled in a huge corruption investigation — has fined five Latin American countries for homophobic chants by the audience during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.

Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Uruguay will have to pay around $18,000, while Chile will have to pay the highest fine, around $69,000, for the “insulting and discriminatory chants.” Honduras might also get fined.

READ: Mexican Soccer Player Says He’s Not Gay, But if He Was, You Shouldn’t Care

“Disciplinary proceedings alone cannot change behaviour by certain groups of fans that unfortunately goes against the core values of our game,” said Claudio Sulser, chair of FIFA’s disciplinary committee. “FIFA and the entire football community have to be proactive in educating and inspiring a message of equality and respect across all levels of the game.”

Moral of the story: being homophobic is expensive.

Read more about the fines from The Guardian here.

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