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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/ 8/2009

Where in the World is Kal Penn? (Not D.C.)

By Liz Kelly

Kal Penn speaks during the We Are One: Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan 18. (Reuters)

Kal Penn: Still not on the job in D.C. Think the administration is having second thoughts about him? Or maybe he is having second thoughts about them? -- Submitted to last week's Celebritology Live discussion

Despite rumors that Penn has backed out of his plans to join the White House's Office of Public Engagement as a liaison to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities or that the Obama administration has chilled toward the actor, his rep insists to TVGuide.com that Penn is still headed to D.C. A White House representative was less forthcoming, telling The Wrap only that Penn has no official start date.

Penn's spokesperson told TVGuide.com that the actor is currently in India filming "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain" (about a 1984 chemical spill that killed thousands) with Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton. Though, it should be noted, there's no mention of a trip to India on Penn's intermittently updated Twitter page, where the last posting that pinned him to a specific location was on May 26 when Penn wrote that he was delivering a guest lecture at Stanford.

Sadly, the tardy Penn missed out on this offer of first refusal for a U Street apartment rental.

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He may no longer have short-term girlfriend Amber Rose on his arm, but Kanye West -- hip-hopper, blogger, narcissist -- turned up at last Thursday's game between the LA Lakers and Orlando Magic with Jesus around his neck. Finally, some company he considers his equal.


(Reuters)

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By Liz Kelly  | June 8, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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Comments

Kal Penn is in India filming a movie with Mischa Barton. Was Wesley Snipes or Steven Seagal too busy?

Posted by: buffysummers | June 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I am not surprised that Kanye is wearing a Jesus pendant. I am surprised that said Jesus is blond and blue-eyed.

Posted by: SweetieJ | June 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

SweetieJ, it's okay - Jesus has a pendant of Kanye on His neck, and on that one, it's Kanye who's blond and blue-eyed.

Posted by: byoolin1 | June 8, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Excellent choices for Comment of the Week.
That is some Grade A/Choice snark. Hodie & Byoolin, showin' the kiddies how it's done.

Posted by: pras40 | June 8, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

That Kal-rific U Street apartment listing is Penn-ful to read. Someone should've taken a red Penn to that copy before that listing Kal-cified.

I would've thought that Kanye would have a pendant of Kanye around his neck wearing its own Kanye pendant. (Or should I say Penn-dant?)

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | June 8, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Bling Jesus appears to be crying drops of blood. Kanye must believe Jesus is a Laker's fan.

Posted by: mdreader01 | June 8, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Kanye is going to have to start working on his core strength if he's going to wear that pendant with the whole image of Jesus on the cross.

Thanks for the comment of the week, Liz!

Posted by: hodie | June 8, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Liz, but it's not "religious" with a "sac" in front. Check your spelling.

Posted by: rlalumiere | June 8, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Kanye is obviously jealous of the Dookie that Obama scored from King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | June 8, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

You know how it is with government jobs. They are probably waiting for a small window in the hiring freeze to slide him into a slot borrowed from the Fish and Wildlife Service.

To be fair to Kanye, there are cathedrals in Europe and the Americas with enough bling to make his pendant look understated.

Great comments of the week!

Posted by: 44west | June 8, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I went with "beautiful tribute to his beliefs..." Of course, those beliefs seem to be grotesque, conspicuous consumption and an excessive ego.

Posted by: DCLocal20 | June 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure my Catholic grandmother would just love to have one of those pendants to hang from her rearview mirrow. Anyone know where to get one of those? Beats St. Christopher in the glovebox anyday.

Posted by: hodie | June 8, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

hodie
Beats St. Christopher in the glovebox anyday.

Just as long as she doesn't have Prince Albert in a can.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 8, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure my Catholic grandmother would just love to have one of those pendants to hang from her rearview mirrow. Anyone know where to get one of those? Beats St. Christopher in the glovebox anyday.

Posted by: hodie | June 8, 2009 3:52 PM
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Imagine the welt you'd get if you slammed on the brakes.

Posted by: mdreader01 | June 8, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

mdreader, you're absolutely right! bad idea !

Posted by: hodie | June 8, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Jesus was buff. Get over it.

Posted by: jezebel3 | June 9, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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