Amidst the surreal glitz of last night's Oscars, it was refreshing to
hear Sean Penn speak, less than politely as he often does, of real
things. We're happy to see the improbable resurrection of Mickey Rourke, who was
terrific in "The Wrestler," but Penn's fierce, savvy, exuberant
portrait of gay-rights activist Harvey Milk deserved to win. And Penn
has clearly taken Milk and his message to heart. He began by wryly thanking "you
commie, homo-loving, sons of guns" and then blasted those Californians
who voted for the notorious Proposition 8.
"I think it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against
gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and
the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way...We've got to have equal rights for everyone."