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Kid Rock, Sean Penn team up for video addressing political rhetoric

{mosads}The mini-movie, titled “Americans,” is co-written by Penn and Rock. It shows the two men meeting in a bar and clashing over their politically opposite opinions. 

“The goal of the film is to tear down the one-dimensional political stereotypes portrayed by the media by confronting them head on,” reads the description on the video’s YouTube page. “It reminds us that what really matters is that we’re all Americans, with diverse thoughts, opinions and stances on issues. We are millions of unique, individual parts, the sum of which comprise a whole that is the shining beacon of freedom throughout the world.”

Penn first appears in the video, asking that a TV over the bar be changed from a Romney rally that he calls “a bit neanderthal.” 

When the channel is changed to a clip of Obama on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Rock approaches, and refers to the president as “your boy here, O-bummer.”

The “Born Free” singer and Oscar-winning actor then exchange heated insults based on their respective stereotypes: Rock’s as a red-neck and Penn’s as a tree hugger.

But after a lengthy exchange, the two are told off by a naturalized citizen and then see a news story about Marines killed in Afghanistan, prompting them to toast to “freedom,” shake hands and go on a road trip to buy Rock a Prius with a gun rack. Penn drinks a beer and dons a NASCAR shirt while Rock reluctantly attends a gay wedding, and the video ultimately concludes with the two men riding bikes side by side.

“Don’t let politics divide us. Thinking differently is what made this country great,” reads the concluding text.

The video, which contains profanity as well as stereotypes, is 11 minutes long. It was uploaded on Wednesday.


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