Sean Penn told Scarlett Johansson to go back to school


Obviously, I will jump at nearly any chance to reuse this photo of Scarlett Johansson and her whacked-out foot placement at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner that she attended with Sean Penn in early May. Of course, it wasn’t long afterward that Scarlett and Sean inevitably and officially broke up, and now there are the recent reports that Sean did the dumping because she’s clingy, and Scarlett’s still pursuing. I’m inclined to believe that’s probably true, since Scarlett’s not used to getting dumped and probably hasn’t gotten the message into her head that Sean’s just not into her any longer.

However, there’s now an amusing (if not entirely believable) report that dinner at the White House may have had something to do with the breakup. The Enquirer seems to believe that Scarlett broke up with Sean because he suggested that she needed to get an education:

Heavy-handed Sean Penn wrecked his relationship with Scarlett Johansson when he went overboard with his controlling ways – telling her she should go back to school.

“It was the last straw when Sean disparaged her lack of education about politics and urged her to go to school,” revealed an insider.

“Scarlett loves him, but she had to end the romance because she felt she had no breathing room.”

The May-December romance began to unravel when the 26-year-old “Lost in Translation” beauty admitted she felt a little out of her depth intellectually when she recently attended a White House gala.

That convinced Penn, 50, that the pillow-lipped beauty — who never attended college — needed to get more education. Back in 2003, she applied for New York University’s arts program but was rejected.

“Sean suggested Scarlett take a political science course,” revealed an insider, and it rubbed her the wrong way.

“She’s a free spirit and just became fed up with him trying to take over every aspect of her life — from career choices and work habits to people she associated with,” disclosed the insider.

As The Enquirer revealed, the “Milk” star — previously married to actress Robin Wright — had been organizing many aspects of Scarlett’s life since the pair began their controversial romance in January.

Even Penn’s 20-year-old daughter Dylan told pals she was “grossed out” by her dad’s fling, which began after ScarJo filed for divorce from her huband of two years, “Green Lantern” hunk Ryan Reynolds.

Not long ago, possessive Penn showed up on the set of Scarlett’s latest movie, “We Bought a Zoo” — scowling at guys who came near her.

Concluded the insider: “Scarlett got tired of telling Sean to pull back. In the end, she wanted a mentor, not a father.”

[From The Enquirer, print edition]

Well, I can see where getting rejected from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts would cause Scarlett to have a sore spot on the subject of college education. Even worse, Scarlett already fancies herself an intellectual and probably didn’t appreciate being told that she’s not as smart as she thinks she is. Still, when she’s rubbing shoulders with the likes of Barack Obama (and the dinner wasn’t the first time that’s happened either), she could at least stand to take a basic course on International Relations or Poli Sci 101. Still, that’s nothing that one wants to hear from your boyfriend, so this argument may indeed have contributed to their breakup, but I doubt she initiated the split. Also, that bit about Penn scowling at guys onset is hilarious. The scowl is Penn’s natural expression!


Even when Sean smiles, the guy looks like he’s suffering from discomfort in the lower abdominal area, if you know what I mean. And I think you do.


Meanwhile, based upon that photo of Scarlett and Sean together at last weekend’s Spike TV Guys Choice Awards, Star [the print edition] maintains that they’re still very much a couple yet have hit a rough patch because while Scarlett “believes she’s found the real thing,” Sean’s just not ready for a serious relationship again after divorcing Robin Wright. Further, Star asserts that both Robin and Scarlett’s mom have expressed their verbal disapproval of the coupling. Oh, and ScarJo and Sean supposedly argue about everything but enjoy a so-called “amazing chemistry,” and Sean likes banging a woman who’s half his age. I can totally buy that the last part was a big reason that these two ever dated in the first place, but I doubt that they’re still together by any stretch. And yeah, he totally dumped her.



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  1. brin says:

    Good because she can do so much better than that douche.

  2. Ruby says:

    She needs to go back to shcool to be edmucated. At least learn how to reed and rite well.
    You don’t necessarily need a bachelors degree or higher to be “educated” or well read. I believe you should only go to university if need a degree to get a job. I know you can study drama to be an actor but it’s not a prerequisite to get into acting. If she isn’t going to go into politics why study political science- it’s very dry. Just read! Pick up a book or download a book Scarlett. You can be surprised how good they are!

  3. RocketMerry says:

    I always had the impression that Scarlett was a clingy, needy girlfriend. Something about her… she also seems to have a lack of self confidence: she always has to prove to be “intellectual” and “sofisticated” and “mature” to her boyfriends.

  4. Quest says:

    She is way to dong-hazed and he is way too gross.

  5. Lantana says:

    I wonder if she had to call him Daddy.

  6. Kiki says:

    I remember this girl used to be considered a hottie… What happened to her?

  7. mew says:

    She needs to go to doc and get her leg sorted out before it’s facing all backwards, that’s what she needs to do.

    I wonder who’s next on her list of groseness? It’s really not that difficult to hit on old dudes Scarlett but it certainly is disgusting.

  8. gee says:

    A. She looks awful, and B. Yes, you don’t need a degree to be smart or sucessful, but yes you do need a college degree to wax poetic on politics, and you should have more than a college degree if you’re going to shove your propaganda down our throats (Penn) and you want anyone to take you seriously.

  9. originalgracie says:

    He has moobs. Case closed.

    And can you imagine how he smells? Like a ashtray that was buried in toxic waste dump. Too harsh?

  10. sapphire says:

    I can just see her recoil at the suggestion she LEARN something.

    Totally love the dress in the first photo.

  11. Boo says:

    She does strike me as being empty and dim. But a quick perusal of Sean Penn’s IMDB page does not indicate that he graduated from any accredited university–or even attended one. So, maybe he ought to shut his cabbage-leafy face until his own credentials stack up.

  12. fabgrrl says:

    Without fail, every time I see that top photo I think the same thing:
    Hair, check
    Makeup, check
    Face, check
    Body, check
    Dress, check
    Wow, this girl has got the whole package! She is…OH DEAR GOD! WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER LEG!

  13. Mick says:

    IMO, she wants to be intellectual, and wants to have a voice in political issues. She thinks becaue she voted for Obama and her brother works for Obama, she’s into politics. But, then making out with your lover in public does not reflect any intellect at all.
    Common sense should tell you that such behavior is not appropiate. (although,
    some politicians don’t know that either).

  14. OtherChris says:

    She looks horrible in that hair color. She has a gorgeous body but a bit of a rat face. It only looks worse with that $3.25 hair color.

  15. jen says:

    Considering Sean Penn’s political views, I’d say it’s he that needs to go back to school.

  16. Mick says:

    Apparently, she started working in movies so young that she never got a formal education. That’s why she was so impressed with Sean Penn’s knowledge or BS. Remember her remark that talking to Penn was like taking a course in college, yea right! Scarlett once remarked about Natalie Harmon going to Harvard was like taking a tennis course.

    There is a movie that reminds me of Scarlett’s life, the title is Dangerous Beauty.

  17. ladybert62 says:

    That is a nice dress but her leg looks like it is broken. Her hair is awful.

    Sean looks terrible (as usual) and I have never understood why anyone think he is attractive.

    She is quite naive if she believed that he was goiing to settle down with her – his wild oats are just getting started!

  18. Roma says:

    A college education is not merely about “getting a job”.

    It’s where you get exposed to a variety of opinions, learn history and economics but more importantly it’s where you learn to defend and critique your own opinions. There is a reason that when you get a degree you have to get credits from other disciplines.

    I’m a liberal arts major through and through. Since I graduated I worked at a record label, a sports management firm, I was a high level brand manager and now I’m in retail real estate. My knowledge of the history of political thought has not helped me land a single job but my articulation and passion has – which I learned throughout university.

    I guess what I’m saying is that Scarlett may not need a degree for her job, but it would probably do wonders for her internal self esteem to enroll part time at NYU in a non arts program. Why? Because then she would be able to see through the BS of guys like Sean Penn.

  19. anon33 says:

    LMAO @Boo and the “cabbage leafy face”

  20. AL says:

    She doesn’t need political classes. Amazon is your friend. But yes she should go to a school of acting. Her breakthrough role was largely due to Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray. Weak, very weak since then.

  21. Sumodo1 says:

    I liked him so much better when he was “Spicoli.”

  22. lucy2 says:

    Pretty funny if true, since he never went to college either, right? Of course, you can’t expect someone half your age to have the same amount of life experiences and gained knowledge either.

  23. Mia says:

    Why do the tabs feel it’s necessary to paint Scarlett as the bad guy in both breakups? Why isn’t anyone blaming Sean for his documented failings? All we’ve heard is Scarlett is too young. Scarlett was clingy. Scarlett was that. Sean Penn is an ass. A self-absorbed, abusive, cheating ass, yet everyone believes it was Scarlett that was the problem. Give me a break! It would not surprise me in the least if Sean broke it off because he saw Robin Wright in France and thought he had a chance to get back with her, only to have her shut that down.

  24. Emv says:

    I love this website and read it everyday, but one thing I’ve noticed is that any time there is a story about a man and woman breaking up, or being spotted together, its always written that the woman is clingy or desperate or “waity”, or delusional for thinking they will get married. There is enough sterotypes about women in the media and I feel that while some of these comments may have some truth to them, I find it hard to believe that every woman in hollywood is like that. Some more female empowerment (as opposed to hating) would be nice to read for a change.

  25. really says:

    Yeah Miss Piggy take it back to school!

  26. Mick says:

    So, what if he told her to go back to school, perhaps he thought she would benefit from it. Maybe, he meant well.

    As far as who broke it off, it doesn’t matter, she is much better off without the old crusty, tabacco stinky dude.

    In the previous breakup, perhaps there was some ego thing going on. If she noticed that things were not going to work, break it up while you are still young and no children are involved.

    Some of us are all stressed about who is saying what and so on. The girl makes over $14 million a year. Does she care tht we are all debating who is right and who is wrong. NO!

  27. Whatever! says:

    confession: I didn’t read the article because who really cares. But I read the Heading a cracked up for about 10 minutes. She needs to go back to school not just for general knowledge but for acting lessons. The girl ruins every single movie she’s been in. He’s not that into you would have been great, one of those movies you could watch every couple of years. But they put her in it and it just sucks. The first time I watched it a ff through all her parts.

  28. kieslowski says:

    I do not understand why there is so much hate for ScarJo in the tabloids, I know that she shuns that type of publicity and guards her private almost as firecley as Leo did (before he hooked up with Blake girl), but why such a strong backlash, yeah the girl has had a string of flops but she is trying to be a better actress, she actually starred in a play on Broadway and won a TONY for her performance, come on guys at least she is not a famewhore!

  29. endoplasmic_ridiculum says:

    I doubt this story totally. Why would he encourage her to put her acting career on haitaus in her mid-twenties and go back to school when he didn’t go to uni himself?

    This sounds bizarre.

  30. danny says:

    Love the wonky leg.

    Her weird hind leg makes sex better. Penn is just getting too old and crusty to take advantage of it.

  31. REALIST says:

    Maybe Sean should have a brief fling with Emma Watson to get her to go back to Brown (equally yucky, but it might work!)

  32. stella says:

    #16 Dangerous Beauty is about a young lady born in Venice, Italy during the Renaissance time period who becomes a courtesan when she can’t marry the man she loves because of their family status in society. She is an avid reader and a poetess who goes on to become one of the wealthiest and highly sought after courtesan’s of the day – because she was smart and intellectual, not to mention good with a sword.

    So how does this line up with Scarlett? She is nothing like the character, unless you know something no one else does.

  33. Mick says:

    @ Stella, you have missed the whole point. It’s goes deeper than your summary of being a reader and an intellectual. There are similarities, I know what I am talking about.

  34. leo says:

    “It’s not you, it’s me.”
    “I hope we can still be friends”.

    - Sean to ScarJo

  35. Thea says:

    WTH is with her leg. ROFLMAO…OMG…No wonder he dumped her. Does she wear a prosthesis? If so, I would have hit him with it. WTH? Can someone explain the leg thing please?

  36. Thea says:

    As for Sean Penn, he needs to go back and find a personality before telling someone to go back to school. And I mean really is he that crazy. I mean he was with Madonna for gods sake.

  37. garvels says:

    Sean Penn is smelly pond scum and Scarlet is simply young and naive.

  38. Stacia says:

    I think that she got ‘lost’ after her divorce and hooked up with this troll as a rebound. She needs to date someone her own age. She used to look good, but I think that she lost her sense of style after her divorce…which is understandable I guess given the emotional aspect of it.

  39. filthycute says:

    oh, ya, I guess we all forgot about Sean Penn’s Masters in assholery.

  40. Moops says:

    Sean went to Santa Monica community college for a brief time and studied (wait for it…) Auto Mechanics! Yeah, I call b.s. on this story.

  41. Kim says:

    And he got his college degree from where??? Exactly. Another ego maniac celeb who THINKS they know politics but know NOTHING.

  42. Lisa Turtle says:

    Spicoli tells Scarlett: Go Back to School.


  43. crtb says:

    Thats what happens when you date someone old enough to be your father. They act like your dad!!

  44. jemshoes says:

    A lot of young celebrities need to go back to school! Charm school does not count as real education, and that’s a fact that even Jane Austen in her day would attest to! ;)

  45. imabrat says:

    Oh well. I guess you can’t have everything and eat it too. If he’s telling her to go back to school, she should consider his advice. She on the other hand, needs to advise him on facial care and grooming.

    They compliment one another; like a set of salt and pepper shakers.

  46. Stephanie says:

    Does anyone else remember that movie from the 80′s, Death Becomes Her??? Great flick with Meryl Streep,Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis.

    When I saw that leg I immediately thought of that flick!

  47. Dhavy says:

    It is obvious they do not have much in common but if Penn suggested for her to go back to school then he’s an ass. He never went to college himself. If he wants someone that’s into politics then he should date Jenine Garafalo

  48. jhp2 says:

    Did I miss something or is this the pot calling the kettle black? Outside of dropping out of Community College, I see nothing academic in his background.

  49. elizabeth says:

    @ Stephanie
    I saw the movie and loved it. Actually Scarjo’s red hair looks like Goldie Hawn’s hair color in the movie.

    On another note, she wouldn’t be worse off for taking a few political science courses if she wants to hang with that crowd. American history wouldn’t hurt either. FDR, Woodrow Wilson, learn something Scarjo!

  50. S says:

    ScarJo has really pretty feet..just saying.

  51. jmeridian says:

    Penn is an extremely intelligent human being. He has done a tremendous amount of good in the world. He is self- educated. I don’t believe that he feels her not having a degree was the issue. The issue is that the woman is ignorant. Being a guest at the White House, this could be a problem. There are other schools besides NYU. He just suggested a class or two. The world is burning folks and we hardly get any real information from the corporate owned evening news. It couldn’t hurt her to learn something. Otherwise, she will be an embarrassment to anyone who is not shallow and absorbed with the way they look for the few years that outward appearances last.

  52. bambam says:

    If it’s true he was giving her s–t about her education, it’s pretty funny. What education does he have? Did he get a college diploma? He was born into the business much like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Fonda and Charlie Sheen. He has had his life handed to him and his sophistication, such as it it, exists mostly in his mind. He lives in an echo chamber where everyone tells him he’s brilliant. He’s not, and he needs to get that smug, annoyed look off of his face. Any reasonably bright college junior could probably demolish him in a debate. When one spends all one’s time around douches who share your point of view, it’s easy to get the attitude that your snide remarks are a substitute for real study and analysis.