Sean Penn is not a big fan of the #MeToo movement. The actor was a guest on Today, and he was not afraid to declare that he was pretty ‘suspicious’ of it, saying it seems to ‘divide men and women.’
The discussion started during an interview with NBC News’ Natalie Morales and Sean’s The First co-star Natascha McElhone.
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When the two stars were asked if the show was inspired or influenced in any way by the #MeToo movement, McElhone replied: ‘Yeah, and for me in life, that’s not unusual. I do not see that as aberrant. I get that, in TV and in the media, women have not been depicted in that way, and I find it deeply disturbing.’
But Penn disagreed, saying: ‘I’d like to think that none of it was influenced by what they would call the movement of #MeToo. I think it is influenced by the things developing in terms of the empowerment of women who have been acknowledging each other and being acknowledged by men. This [the #MeToo] is a movement that was largely shouldered by a sort of receptacle of the salacious.’
Morales then asked the actor to elaborate on what he meant by ‘receptacle of the salacious.’
He explained: ‘Well, we do not know what is a fact in many of these cases. Salacious is as soon as you call something a movement that’s really a series of multiple individual accusers, victims, accusations, some of which may be unfounded.’
Later on in the interview, he proceeded to say that the very ‘spirit’ of the movement has been ‘to divide men and women.’