Sean Penn Lashes out at Vaccination Site Staffers After Complaints About Working Conditions

By Elvert Barnes - originally posted to Flickr as March16.J27.UFPJ.WDC.27jan07, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4010435

Actor Sean Penn wrote a furious letter to staffers at the Los Angeles coronavirus vaccination site run by his non-profit after two employees anonymously complained about the work environment.

The “Mystic River” star’s nonprofit CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) runs a mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium with the support of 350 staff members and volunteers. Last week, two workers came out with allegations that they were being overworked and underfed in the comments section of a recent article.

One nameless employee claimed that LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s agenda to change the operation from a testing site to a vaccination center has caused staffers to work “18 hour days, six days per week,” without allowing for “the opportunity to take breaks.” The employee asserted that Garcetti “more or less ordered” violations of occupational safety rules.

Another called out the article’s claims that staff were treated to donuts at breakfast and Subway sandwiches at lunch, commenting that employees “usually DON’T get breakfast, just coffee,” and are provided “the same old lettuce wraps every day,” for lunch.

On Friday, Penn responded to the allegations in an email to CORE staff, writing: “Those comments, which claimed to be revealing of inaccuracies about our vaccine effort at Dodger Stadium in a news report, were in themselves not only a propagation of deeper inaccuracies but also indulged the personal opinions of those alleged CORE staffers in a way that violates everything that keeps us whole.”

Rather than complaining about their jobs, Penn wants the staffers to leave the company. “It’s called quitting. Quit for CORE. Quit for your colleagues who won’t quit. Quit for your fellow human beings who deeply recognize that this is a moment in time. A moment of service that we must all embody sometimes to the point of collapse. That’s my job. And that’s your job,” he said.

He blasted the staffers “whim of dissent in the low-hanging fruit of cyberspace,” for putting CORE’s partnerships at risk, and praised Garcetti as a “hero.”

So, let me make this EXCESSIVELY CLEAR: With all due respect to the Mayor’s official authorities and responsibilities, none give him authority to ‘order’ or impose directives directly on CORE staff. Full stop. His official authority is exercised at his initiative through a chain of command, that in the case of Covid vaccination programs, he directs through the highly structured and extraordinarily well-led Los Angeles Fire Department, with whom we partner on site,” Penn concluded.

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Michael Lowenstein
Michael Lowenstein
3 months ago

Penn has just confirmed that he is just another Hollywood narcissist A-H-O-L-E,

Maggie
Maggie
3 months ago

The original one….actually. Maybe if he’d just himself taken the training to
administer the vaccinations, He could be on the front line too ..and then possibly get some real respect.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
3 months ago

Ahhh, another Hollyweird lunatic!
Sean, no one cares about what you have to say.

George Lukens
George Lukens
3 months ago

Sean, you are so full of yourself. Treat people with respect and dignity. You ain’t in one of your has been movies! Grow up.

Ginger
Ginger
3 months ago

He is just a money hungry jerk! Those workers need breaks, safety is important for doing testing and even giving shot.

Bill
Bill
3 months ago

Penn Is A COMMIE. Beat on the little man AZZ Hole

Scotty
Scotty
3 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I sure he gets paid more that other workers on his movie set. That makes him a capitalist. He is just PRETENDING to be a Commie, but you are right him being an ass hole.

Old man
Old man
3 months ago

His fails to understand that people have a life that does not include being treated as slaves to his whims and want to make him look great at their suffering and hardships brought upon them by a tyrannical egomaniac looking for his glory.

Laxmom
Laxmom
3 months ago

Sean penn throws yet another temper tantrum…what else is new?

Phyllis Little
Phyllis Little
3 months ago

Please keep Chrissy Teigen out of the limelight if you can.Seems like always she is only concerned about her own inane concerns. She always has to be notices about everything- a glory hound.

Scotty
Scotty
3 months ago

No one is being forced to work to administer vaccines. If they don’t like the conditions , good pay with lots of overtime, they can quit!
Stick with something you know, Sean; pretending to be someone else.