Actor Kal Penn says that he “can’t stop laughing” after an image of his Harold and Kumar character was used to represent terrorists.
On Wednesday, Russian ambassador to the U.K. Alexander Yakovenko tweeted his opinion of U.S. involvement in Iraq — along with a screenshot of Penn’s character, Kumar Patel. “U.S. threatens to stop helping Iraq against ISIL if Baghdad asks Russia for help,” Yakovenko wrote. ISIL is another acronym for ISIS. “The terrorists must be rejoicing.”
Former White House staffer Penn expressed amusement at this case of life imitating art (Patel is flagged as an Islamic extremist in 2008’s Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay).
The Russian Embassy’s official account attempted to justify Yakovenko’s choice of images in a reply to Penn’s tweet: “It is rather hard to spot an actual terrorist laughing. Your performance is convincing and therefore fit to illustrate the idea.” But it was the actor who got the last laugh, responding with an image of Rocky IV‘s Russian fighter Ivan Drago.