This is funny for a few reasons. First, neither Penn nor Kumar, the pot-smoking protagonist he portrays, is an actual terrorist. In the scene Yakovenko picked, a paranoid airplane passenger is imagining Kumar as a terrorist. This leads to disaster:
The ambassador's tweet is also funny because Penn is a former White House official. The U.S. doesn't generally let terrorists work in the White House.
Penn responded to this high-level diplomatic fracas Wednesday with a few tweets of his own:
That last photo is of Ivan Drago, the fictional Soviet boxer played by Dolph Lundgren in "Rocky IV."
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