Advocates of the powerful social justice movement have no patience for Penn questioning it.
Sean Penn incited the very rage of the #MeToo movement that he's been afraid of.
The actor's name became a trending topic on Twitter Monday after he appeared on the "Today" show and stumbled into a conversation with Natalie Morales about the social justice movement, which he said he's "very suspicious of," and said it's "largely shouldered by a kind of receptacle of the salacious," since sexual misconduct allegations are often hard to prove.
"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," Penn said. "And even when people try to discuss it in a nuanced way, the nuance itself is attacked. I think it's too black and white. In most things that are very important, it's really good to just slow down."
MeToo advocates, including many men, disagree. Strongly.
Comedian and actress Whitney Cummings tweeted, "Hey Sean Penn, #MeToo isn't about 'dividing men and women.' Spacey preyed on boys, Terry Crews was assaulted by a man, and 100,000 boys worldwide have been assaulted by male priests. This is about any kind of abuse of power. Bye, dude."
Others pointed toward the allegations of domestic abuse during his 4-year marriage to Madonna in the 1980s.
See how the actor is being shredded by critics below:
Hey Sean Penn, #metoo isn't about “dividing men and women.” Spacey preyed on boys, @terrycrews was assaulted by a man, and 100,000 boys worldwide have been assaulted by male priests. This is about any kind of abuse of power. Bye, dude.
Sean Penn referring to the #MeToo movement as a "kind of receptacle of the salacious" makes him a literal dumpster fire. Men like Penn discrediting the accusations of women only serves to undercut and disenfrachise women everywhere, not just those in his celebrity bubble. pic.twitter.com/s6LotAA9Z5
Sean Penn has a new show out, and I'm trying to figure out exactly what it is where guys like him and Norm feel like their best way to promote their New Thing is to saunter out and slag women and the victims of #MeToo. Maybe just don't?