Sean Penn and Maria Conchita Alonso got in a heated verbal altercation at Los Angeles International Airport that has the internet swirling.
Penn and Alonso co-starred in the 1988 film "Colors" but most recently have made headlines going toe-to-toe.
"The argument pertained to politics, naturally, since the two disagree vehemently over socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whom Penn embraces and Alonso considers a ruthless leftist dictator," announced The Hollywood Reporter.
Alonso, who picking up her mother, spotted Penn at the American Airlines baggage claim at LAX. She told WMAL that upon recognizing him, her "heart stopped," and then she approached him.
At that point he said, "I don't want to talk to you. You speak badly about me," she told the radio station. The argument got more heated as Alonso began to ask him questions about his support for Chavez to which Penn called her "a pig." As the situation escalated, Alonso then screamed that Penn was "a Communist A**hole."
She told WMAL that she "exploded," but that her mother was happy, so much so "she wanted to clap."
The tumultuous event comes after a year of back and forth between the two through the media.
On March 5, 2010, Sean Penn appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" to discuss his work in Haiti and J/P HRO. Maher then asked Penn about Chavez. The actor responded:
I think that if you're more happy with 20% of a population having the access to dreams, access to feeling they have an identity and a voice -- if thats okay 20% versus the 80% he gave it to -- then you can criticize Hugo Chavez. There are a lot of complicated issues that come simply out of perspective. We in the United States have a difficult time putting ourselves in the shoes in what has been the history of Venezuela, the history of Latin America and in many other places. We are very mono-cultural. Then we are hypnotized by the media, for example, Hugo Chavez.
After discussing J/P HRO, Penn concluded, "I'm a little sympathetic because everyday this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it."
Later that month, the Venezuelan-raised actress and singer Maria Conchita Alonso wrote an open letter to Penn. She stated, "Even though I have great respect for your artistic talent, I was appalled by a recent television interview where you vigorously showed support for the regime of Hugo Chavez." She goes on to express her opposition to Chavez' "transparent" elections, even recommending Penn read a 2009 report by the U.S. State Department titled, "The Fraudulent Elections in Venezuela."
She concludes her argument with the following:
My intention isn't to convince you, but to let you know what is truly happening in this beautiful country of noble people, Venezuela. I would encourage you to investigate in depth the "inside story" and realize for yourself the dark side behind the person you choose to idolize.
Agreed, Chavez did win his first elections, but like Hitler, he betrayed what the country gave him: The vote of confidence.