My bathroom reading lately has been Rolling Stone; this morning I had just finished perusing the February 19th issue and was starting in on the April 16th one when I noticed an odd similarity:
From Sean Penn: The Rolling Stone interview –
One of my editors — and he meant this as a compliment — compared your playing Milk to Michael Jordan playing baseball, except you were successful. Meaning that you seem to choose increasingly difficult roles, as a way of challenging yourself.
That’s not the way I view it, really. With this character, I assume most of that perception is related to homosexuality. There’s a thing Cleve Jones [a Milk campaign worker, portrayed in the film by Emile Hirsch] said early on. He said gay-rights activists, talking about straights who are sympathetic to the movement, will often say, “They’re just like us — it’s just the sex is different.” And Cleve said, “It’s actually quite the opposite — we’re nothing like you, it’s just that the sex is the same.” And that’s really true. There’s more shared with American blacks — growing up with a level of oppression, and what kind of personalities are bred out of that, either fighters or those who succumb or whatever.
From Life On Planet Wayne –
When I tell Wayne the rock album makes me think of Michael Jordan deciding he wanted to play baseball, he ignores the negative connotation of the comment – the fact that Jordan was throughly mediocre at baseball and transformed himself, overnight, from dignified retired sports icon to national punch line – and instead chooses to focus on the fact that he’s just been compared to Michael Jordan.
Really?! I can just see Sean Penn and Lil Wayne shifting their eyes back and forth like, “Um, what?! Not really, no.”
I wait with bated breath for the next issue of Rolling Stone to see what else is like Michael Jordan playing baseball. Seriously, though… I’m going to try to use this analogy in every possible situation and see if it works.