Sean Penn, the multiple Oscar-winning actor, is known for many top-notch characters in the industry. In addition to his acting, Penn has also been marked for his keen involvement in political activism and humanitarian efforts, which he harnesses to advocate for bringing attention to crucial global issues. Notably, his candidness and outspoken nature often allow him to express his opinion without hesitation, as he recently criticized the Hollywood community for applauding Will Smith for winning the Oscar.

Sean Penn slams the Oscars for cheering Will Smith’s win

The distinguished actor and director himself, Sean Penn, is been critical of his candor, as he recently lambasted Hollywood for applauding Will Smith, calling his 2022 Oscars slap ‘his worst moment as a person”, remarking that the incident wouldn’t have happened if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had attended the awards.

Image of Sean Penn
Sean Penn

The multiple Oscar recipient has continued to put the Academy at risk by questioning the hypocrisy of cheering Smith’s Oscar win for his role in King Richard even after he slapped comedian Chris Rock on the same stage.

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Actor Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during Oscar
Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during Oscar

In an interview with Variety, he pointedly challenged the duality of the academy, implying that Zelensky’s presence could have influenced the event’s dynamic atmosphere as the producer of the show doesn’t let him have a visual telecast said  “he’s not light-hearted enough.”

Sean Penn has made a documentary about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,  Superpower is about to premiere on the 2023 movie schedule.

Sean Penn condemns Academy’s ‘light heartedness’ towards Ukrainian issue

According to the interview, the Milk star was so frustrated and the writer could see the bulging vein on the neck shared two cents on the slap, saying:

“I don’t know Will Smith. I met him once. He seemed very nice when I met him. He was so fucking good in King Richard.’ So why the fuck did you just spit on yourself and everybody else with this stupid fucking thing? Why did I go to fucking jail for what you just did? And you’re still sitting there? Why are you guys standing and applauding his worst moment as a person?”

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Image of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Penn commented that the president would have allowed addressing a global platform like Oscar considering the ranging situation in Ukraine, but the academy believed it would have challenged the lighthearted tone of the event.
“This fucking bullshit wouldn’t have happened with Zelenskyy. Will Smith would never have left that chair to be part of stupid violence. It never would have happened. I thought, well, fuck, you know? I’ll give them to Ukraine. They can be melted down to bullets they can shoot at the Russians”.
Sean Penn has also introduced President Zelenskyy’s visual appearance at the 2023 Golden Globes. This suggested that Penn had played a role in facilitating his participation in addressing the ongoing dispute in Ukraine against Russia.

Sean Penn’s history of legal troubles and violent temper

A still of Sean Penn from movie Mystic River
Sean Penn from the movie Mystic River

Ironically, the Mistic River actor served some time in jail in 1987 for punching an extra on a movie set and for reckless driving. Before this, the LA Times reported that he also received a 90-day suspended sentence and a $50 fine for assaulting a journalist who tried to photograph him and singer Madonna outside of a hotel. The actor, who is notoriously known for his bad temper, frequently gets into legal disputes due to his violent nature

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Following the slapping incident, the Bad Boys actor was banned from the Oscars for the next ten years. He also expressed an apology to Chris Rock on social media and announced his resignation from the Academy. To this day, the slap incident has been the most infamous moment and hot topic in the history of Hollywood and the Oscars.

The Superpower documentary will be set to premiere on September 18 on Paramount+

Source: Variety and LA Times


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