Liberal actor Sean Penn believes “there has been an absence of male behavior” in society that has caused men to turn in their jeans in favor of “putting on a skirt.”
“I am in the club that believes that men in American culture have become wildly feminized. I don’t think that being a brute or having insensitivity or disrespect for women is anything to do with masculinity, or ever did. But I don’t think that [in order] to be fair to women, we should become them,” he said in a recent interview.
Penn, 61, was asked to expand on his thoughts in a follow-up, while he was promoting his drama “Flag Day,” along with his co-star and daughter, Dylan Penn.
“I think that men have, in my view, become quite feminized. I have these very strong women in my life who do not take masculinity as a sign of oppression toward them. There are a lot of, I think, cowardly genes that lead to people surrendering their jeans and putting on a skirt,” he explained.
The publication noted that Dylan, 30, remained “quiet, staring into space” while he made the comments.
One woman who is unafraid of clapping back at the elder Penn is “Westworld” star Thandie Newton, 49. She harshly criticized the “Mystic River” actor for his “nonsense” on social media this week.
“Dude what are you SAY-ING?? Like for REAL? You’re a jibbering FOOL. MF you used to be sexy but now you’re just tragic,” Newton wrote in response to the article along with several laughing emojis.
“In front of your DAUGHTER!? That poor little mite. Thank God her Mum’s so dope,” she said in reference to Penn’s ex-wife, “House of Cards” star Robin Wright, 55, who he was married to from 1996 to 2010.
“Please stop ruining the brilliance of #LicoricePizza with this nonsense,” Newton remarked about his latest Paul Thomas Anderson directed flick.