Words more than hurt – they enrage.
A prime example is the recent incident between Maria Conchita Alonso and her former co-star, Sean Penn. According to Us Magazine, the Venezuelan-raised actress exchanged heated words at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) this past weekend with 51-year-old Penn. The exchange stemmed from an open letter Alonso had written last year about the actor’s support of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
According to the New York Post, Alonso’s heart stopped when she spotted Penn by LAX’s lost luggage area. Both actors starred in 1988’s Colors together. The 54-year-old actress reportedly told Page Six that she was very calm and told Penn she would like to talk to him.
The mood soon turned hostile.
In an interview with Washington, D.C.-based radio station WMAL, Alonso spoke about the screaming match she then had with Penn. “I said, 'You are a communist, Sean Penn.’ He said, ‘You are a pig!’ So I said, ‘And you are a communist a**hole! Is it great to live the way you do as a communist?” During an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Penn reportedly praised Chavez for helping Haiti and, according to Us, also met privately with the Venezuelan leader back in 2007.
Alonso recalled that about 60 people shockingly watched she and Penn go at it.
“My mother wanted to clap, but she couldn’t because she was in a wheelchair and she had a small dog in her lap,” Alonso said.
Though her name is now all over blogosphere, it seems as though Alonso doesn’t mind. “I do apologize for calling Sean Penn an a**hole,” she told WMAL. “He is an intelligent man… But if someone calls me a pig, I am not going to turn the other cheek. But I don’t regret calling him a communist.”