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Sean Penn Says #MeToo Movement Is Dividing Men & Women

Sean Penn Says #MeToo Movement Is Dividing Men & Women

Sean Penn is opening up in a rare interview and he is facing backlash for his comments on the #MeToo movement.

Today‘s Natalie Morales asked Penn and his The First co-star Natasha McElhone if they believe the #MeToo movement influenced their new Hulu series at all.

“I’d like to think that none of it was influenced by what they call the movement of #MeToo,” Penn said. “I think it’s influenced by the things that are developing in terms of the empowerment of women who’ve been acknowledging each other and being acknowledged by men.”

“This is a movement that was largely shouldered by a kind of receptacle of the salacious,” he added.

When asked for a clarification on what he meant, Sean added, “We don’t know what’s a fact in many of the cases. Salacious is as soon as you call something a movement that is really a series of many individual accusers, victims, accusations, some of which are unfounded. The spirit of much of what has been the #MeToo movement is to divide men and women.”

Natalie pointed out that the movement has united women and Sean responded by saying he’s spoken to women “of all walks of life” and “there’s a common sense that is not represented at all in the discussion when it comes to the media discussion of it.”

“The discussion where ‘if Sean Penn says this, so and so is going to attack him for saying this because of that,’” he said. “I’m very suspicious of a movement that gets glommed onto in great stridency and rage and without nuance. And even when people try to discuss it in a nuanced way, the nuance is attacked.”

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  • Casey C

    always nice for a man to tell women how they really think and feel. thanks Sean, Lord knows I can’t do it for myself…

  • Michele V

    He has a few skeletons in the closet… I say that, his treatment of women is pretty well documented.

  • Lexi

    Most of the men who has denounced it have issues of mistreating women in the past.

  • Sansa Squad

    Whitney Cummings (of all people) said it best when she tweeted about this: “Hey Sean Penn, #metoo isn’t about ‘dividing men and women.’ Spacey preyed on boys, @terrycrews was assaulted by a man, and 100,000 boys worldwide have been assaulted by male priests. This is about any kind of abuse of power. Bye, dude.”

    #MeToo is about men and women coming TOGETHER to condemn abusers (like Sean Penn – “allegedly”) and the systems of power that protect them. Anyone who can’t see that has an issue with women, because it’s obviously a knee-jerk reaction informed by their OWN past indiscretions.

  • Maria M.

    Well said. Sean always had brains.

  • Maria M.

    Well said. Sean always had brains.

  • Dimme

    How is the catholic church situation now linked to do #metoo since that came to head a decade before. How about institutions that parents are forced to send the children that the state controls and is still very much ongoing.

    Why are only Priests relevant, when people want to abuse children they get into positions that allows them to interact with children.

    I bet people no idea how many complaints of abuse and sexual molestation are lodged against teachers. In the New York public school system there is a average of 50 thousand, that’s one school board.

    There are daily news stories of female teachers arrested for having sexual relations with their students.
    Oddly you never hear the metoo “movement” talking about the epidemic of women teachers sexual exploits with their students.
    We even have a worldwide example in the President of France.

  • Dimme

    How is the catholic church situation now linked to do #metoo since that came to head a decade before. How about institutions that parents are forced to send the children that the state controls and is still very much ongoing.

    Why are only Priests relevant, when people want to abuse children they get into positions that allows them to interact with children.

    I bet people no idea how many complaints of abuse and sexual molestation are lodged against teachers. In the New York public school system there is a average of 50 thousand, that’s one school board.

    There are daily news stories of female teachers arrested for having sexual relations with their students.
    Oddly you never hear the metoo “movement” talking about the epidemic of women teachers sexual exploits with their students.
    We even have a worldwide example in the President of France.

  • Maria M.

    Of course, there are some males that were sexually assaulted/abused/raped but 95% of people that were tweeting accusations were women and they were accusing men. Me Too has nothing to do with protecting altar boys and Whitney Cummings knows it.

  • Maria M.

    Of course, there are some males that were sexually assaulted/abused/raped but 95% of people that were tweeting accusations were women and they were accusing men. Me Too has nothing to do with protecting altar boys and Whitney Cummings knows it.

  • Maria M.

    Whitney Cummings is shameless to even mention that. Me Too was mostly overprivileged and famous people accusing other overprivileged and famous for being handsy in their rotten, decadent world where sex has been a currency from the very beginning. Solicitation and prostitution are as Hollywood as Disney. Thousands of stunningly beautiful but superficial and talentless people move to LA every year looking for their chance to be stars and most of them would kill to be famous. Every time you see someone beautiful on the screen who can’t act for shit you know they fucked someone to get there. Here, supply creates demand.

  • Sansa Squad

    #MeToo is a movement for all victims of abuse to speak out and have their voices heard – including people who’ve been abused by priests, teachers, etc. It’s global and spans all industries/experiences. (Unfortunately celebrities/entertainers have the highest profiles and thus press attention tends to skew in their favor, but it’s for everyone.)

  • Ausangel01

    There are no discussions about this. A conversation is about people coming together and voicing their opinions whether they agree or not, you can’t speak out about any of this without being judged and accused of being a rape sympathiser. That’s not a conversation that’s called a lecture.