Kal Penn Tweets in Support of Stop-and-Frisk

Actor Kal Penn calls stop-and-frisk 'sound policy,' says blacks and Latinos commit the most crimes

By Von Diaz Aug 15, 2013

Update on 8/16/13: Cololrines publisher Rinku Sen and a coalition of South Asian leaders write open letter opposing stop and frisk, and Kal Penn offers agreement.


For a guy who launched his career with the stoner movie "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle," actor Kal Penn’s recent tweets in support of stop-and-frisk come as a surprise. Yesterday, he applauded NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent op-ed, saying "Great op/ed by @MikeBloomberg on the merits of "stop-question-frisk."

In a series of tweets, which have since been deleted but were saved by The Aerogram, he responds to criticism from fans, saying he supports racially profiling black and Latino people because they commit most crimes. 

It seems he’s had a change of heart around racial profiling. In a 2011 interview with GQ he said he’d experienced racial profiling at the airport, and thought the practice was counterproductive. And, ironically, Penn’s recent film "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo" centers around two college friends who are racially profiled as terrorists. 

(h/t The Aerogram