Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SF may name Airport after Sean Penn role

San Francisco is considering a proposal to name it's airport after Harvey Milk, a character Sean Penn portrayed in the 2008 film Milk. Penn's work in the film earned him his second Academy Award for Best Actor at the 2009 awards ceremony.

The character was based on a San Francisco politician and gay-icon of the same name. The real Milk was the first openly gay man elected to office in the United States and was tragically assassinated by a political rival. Milk was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, largely due to notoriety generated by the film and President Obama's desire to pander to the gay community.

In San Francisco residents are split over the proposal. Film buffs and Los Angeles transplants are generally in favor. Bill White, an IMDb Pro subscriber, commented that it is a "no-brainer" to honor Penn and that "in fact, Milk wasn't even really Sean Penn's best role, that was Markum" referring to Penn's other Academy-Award winning role.

Gay activists are generally opposed to the renaming, complaining that the honor should be reserved for an actual homosexual. Chad Stuart, an openly gay architect, plans to vote against the measure because "it's really an insult to Milk's legacy."

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