Spicoli interviewed El Chapo? Social media has a field day with Rolling Stone interview.
When the news broke Saturday night that actor Sean Penn interviewed now-captured Mexican drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, known as “El Chapo,” for Rolling Stone, the criticism was immediate and brutal. Not only had the magazine given final say to the story to the drug lord himself, but it had allowed Penn, who is not a writer, to wander on for 9,000 words. The fact that Mexican actress Kate del Castillo who was the middle man for the meeting provided more red meat for the critics.
People had a field day on social media criticizing the choices made by the magazine. A sampling:
While Time’s Melissa Chan pointed out that he’s also interviewed Raul Castor and Hugo Chavez, most sniffed at having Sean Penn, an actor, take on such a serious (and dangerous) subject.
Washington Post Editor Marty Baron (portrayed by Liev Schrieber in the movie Spotlight about the Boston Globe’s take down of the Catholic church) weighed in:
On the dubious choice to let El Chapo call the shots:
Others took on the celebrity angle:
Some said the pairing actually made sense:
On the writing — the very bad, no good, writing: Sasha Frere-Jones, Ex-New Yorker critic, current Los Angeles Times cultural critic, decided to edit the piece. (Sample edit: “Espinoza is the owl who flies among falcons.” —Ed note: “owls eat falcons.”)
And news about Sean Penn wouldn’t be complete without at least one Spicoli reference: