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One day I’ll get sick of pointing out the most glaring flaws in random Big Hollywood pieces, but it is not this day.

Now Carrie Prejean, beauty queen and determined supporter of marriage between a man and a woman, finds herself smeared on the Internet, castigated in public, on TV, (Chelsea Handler on E! channel has taken aim with a vicious gleam in her vodka-stoked eyes) and her parents have been dragged through the mud as well.

So where are the free-speech warriors? How about Sean Penn and the rest of the Hollywood elitists who think the First Amendment was written solely for their benefit?

 Penn has made millions playing everything from a stoner in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” to gay Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was slain in a horrific attack in San Francisco that also resulted in the death of San Francisco mayor George Moscone.

Penn, who played Harvey Milk in the film “Milk,” for which he won an Oscar, is probably too biased to see that the Founding Fathers weren’t just thinking of him and his high-brow leftists when they stood for freedom of expression for EVERYBODY.

Congratulations, Melanie Morgan, you’ve finally lowered the bar enough to force me to comment on a goddamn Miss California piece.  For fuck’s sake, freedom of speech is not the same thing as freedom from criticism.  The government has done nothing to impede Prejean’s right to say whatever she wants.  Similarly, it has done nothing to impede others’ rights to call bullshit on what she said.  You can bemoan a media orthodoxy, or a culture of political correctness, and we can argue those things, but this is not, in any way, shape, or form, a freedom-of-speech issue.

Leo Penn, the father of famous actor Sean Penn, was hauled before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (the McCarthy hearings) during the 1950s and harassed, spied upon and ultimately blacklisted for his political views (he attended a pro-union meeting called to support other black- listees.)

He refused to accuse others, and lost his livelihood for a period of time, but went on to direct many TV shows including Star TrekThe Law and Mr. Jones, and I Spy.

If you can’t spot the difference between being made fun of by Perez Hilton and being hauled before a Congressional committee, then I can’t really help you.

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