As we’ve always suspected…

Granted, date who you want; but when you’re Sean Penn, um, yeah, that’s going to make news. As a Generation-Xer, I’m quite aware of Sean Penn‘s antics, from his early days in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Colors, to his later work in Milk, and even that fiasco of a marriage he had with Madonna. (They were both too young, too ambitious and too volatile.)

Mr. Penn may be taking on the mantle of Robert DeNiro…

It’s no secret that most Black women know who actually “likes” us in Hollywood, because, you know, that’s a big deal.  (Shout out to Will Smith!)

We know even more which ones are actually going to take us out in public –i.e., Robert DeNiro– and which ones don’t mind co-starring with us, so for them, we often give certain actors a “ghetto pass” for keeping it real with us.

Well, it looks like Sean Penn may finally get his public pass with his current girlfriend, model Jessica White. The ink isn’t even dry on his divorce from spouse Robin Wright, but he’s been escorting his ladyfriend around like a debutante during her promenade, and folks appear to be getting nervous.

I know the media is framing it like their just reporting on the news, but there may be a little hater-ation going on. (I call it Williams Sistemic Disorder — the Player-hating against the Williams Sisters, and all women who resemble them.)

People Magazine is the first to make it a news item, so he must’ve been doing it for a while.

Cheers to Sean Penn, for keeping it real…