Sean Penn may not like cameras, but one thing he never shies away from is controversy.
The Oscar winner was doing an interview with Today to promote his new show The First and clearly caught his costar Natasha McElhone off guard with his hot take on #MeToo.
After McElhone said her character, the boss overseeing the first mission to mars, was informed by the #MeToo movement, Penn took umbrage immediately.
“I’d like to think that none of it was influenced by what they call the movement of #MeToo. 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.“
Natalie Morales thought the same thing because she asked him to explain that statement, to which he replied:
“Well, 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.”
Isn’t every movement a series of individuals?
Is it just us, or is this yet another man saying a woman’s word is not enough, and that the power to make accusations is being abused?
“The spirit of much of what has been the #MeToo movement is to divide men and women.”
“Women would say it’s uniting women.”
Penn then disagreed with the woman about how women feel, saying:
“I’m gonna say that women that I talk to, not in front of a camera, that I listen to, of all walks of life, that 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’s going to attack him for saying this, because of that.
I don’t want it to be a trend, and I’m very suspicious of a movement that gets glommed on to in great stridency and rage and without nuance. And even when people try to discuss it in a nuanced way, the nuance itself is attacked.”
OK, we think we might have agreed with something in there, as there definitely is an issue with nuance in the media’s discussion — though that might be true of literally every subject in the age of social media.
But that is hardly a reason to discount a movement. And the existence of a trend is what is giving women the courage to come forward, women who have kept silent for years in many cases about what has been done to them.
Can’t he see that?
“I think it’s too black and white. In most things that are very important, it’s really good to just slow down.”
Do YOU think this movement is going to slow down??
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