Sean Penn Makes Rational Point About #MeToo. Grab the Pitchforks!
This is how sideways the week is going so far. We actually have something favorable to say about Sean Penn. Because Sean Penn actually said something true.
His point about #MeToo is nuanced and important. Even though he'll probably be cyberbullied into apologizing for it by the end of the day. That sound you hear and the ground shaking you feel are the hordes of feminist landwhales stampeding for pitchforks.
“This is a movement that was, you know, largely shouldered by a kind of receptacle of the salacious,” Sean Penn say… https://t.co/2wp22d5y35— TODAY (@TODAY) 1537188540.0
I’m gonna say that women that I talk to, not in front of a camera, that I listen to, of all walks of life, that there’s a common sense that is not represented at all in the discussion when it comes to the media discussion of it, the discussion where if Sean Penn says this, so and so’s going to attack him for saying this, because of that.
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.
Penn will probably be attacked for "hating women" for his well-measured response. Which will actually prove his point (see Norm Macdonald Appears on ‘The View’ to Clarify #MeToo, Apology Comments and Actor Henry Cavill Gives Candid Answers About #MeToo Movement. Angry Feminists Dog Pile Him). If you dare question the purity of #MeToo, thou will be strung up in the village square and shamed. Only after being flayed. Especially if you're a white man.
There needs to be a middle ground. Somewhere between agreeing rapists and abusers should be sentenced to wearing a sign saying "I'm a rapist and abuser, spit in my face" but not automatically banishing someone from society for the simple blunder of stumbling over his words when asked for his opinion on rapists and abusers. Comments, words, thoughts a person has about a movement isn't the same as condoning or engaging in rape. Feminists and media should temper their behavior accordingly.
Though let's be honest. Penn's publicist is writing an apology as we speak.