Sean Penn's long and often rambling Rolling Stone essay based on his interview with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman — which included comments from Guzman on everything from his childhood to his thoughts on the drug trade — has been widely mocked on social media.
- How drug lord El Chapo met up with Sean Penn, Kate del Castillo
- El Chapo met with Sean Penn while on the run from authorities: Rolling Stone
- Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, fugitive drug lord, captured in Mexico
Guzman met with Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo in his hideout in Mexico months before his recapture by Mexican marines in his home state of Sinaloa, according to Rolling Stone. The magazine published Penn's article on Saturday, the day after El Chapo was recaptured.
The whole affair raised many questions, as well as eyebrows.
Many online were unimpressed, but had fun with it.
If the CIA had just made Rolling Stone send Sean Penn to interview bin Laden in 2001 it would have saved us all a lot of time— @DougSaunders
At the very least, Sean Penn just gave me the confidence to believe I deserve to be a published author too.— @zandywithaz
Sean Penn is really on some next level stuff I thought Shia Lebouf was the next step in human evolution I might have been wrong— @minimcconaughey
Sean Penn has done for journalism what Milli Vanilli did for singing.— @cbctom
After El Chapo, assume Sean Penn will be correspondent on 60 Minutes and Lesley Stahl on Golden Globes red carpet duty.— @davidcommon
Others, like actor Mark Ruffalo, came to Penn's defence.
Before you get too excited don't forget Sean Penn has been working as a journalist for over a decade now. https://t.co/TRCcBe6Xae— @MarkRuffalo
But, he was overshadowed by the jokes....
"Mr. President, Sean Penn is here to interview you." pic.twitter.com/ccIKlH6U0j— @pmarca
...Even the often austere New Yorker chimed in with a mocking tweet.
However, some of the more serious critics pointed to what they saw as an unethical story.
Why didn't Sean Penn ask El Chapo how many real journalists his organization has killed?— @bentaub91
Your move, Dennis Rodman #SeanPenn— @RobSilver