Sean Penn: ‘I’d been ambivalent about Biden. My ambivalence is gone’

Sean Penn at Live Talks LA

The Ham has given his vital endorsement! Sean Penn has always been a… progressive, I guess. Sort of progressive with an anarchist leaning? He’s a white dude and a contrarian, so I guess I sort of thought he was a Bernie-or-Buster or something like that. But the Ham has gotten more pragmatic as he’s aged. Weird. Anyway, literally no one was waiting for Sean Penn’s presidential endorsement, but he gave it all the same. It turns out his political ambivalence changed to passion when he discovered Joe Biden’s coronavirus-response plan:

Biden’s coronavirus strategy is not some new plan – Biden has had a verbal and written plan for months that we need free widespread testing, mask mandates and a huge economic stimulus to protect jobs and businesses. The GOP’s coronavirus plan is the legislative equivalent of a sad clown noise.

Anyway, it just reminds me that “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line.” You don’t actually have to convince yourself that Joe Biden is the best, the most, the greatest. You can just say that he’s a good guy and he’ll be a better president than Fascist Baby Fists. In case you do need to “fall in love,” basically the worst thing Republicans can say about him is that he’s buried two children and he loves and adores his living son who has substance abuse issues. And he’s the kind of man who will do this:

Oh, and Brad Pitt did a voiceover for a new Biden ad.

Sean Penn and his girlfriend Leila George are seen in Sardinia

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Avalon Red.

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  1. minx says:

    Not like I was waiting for Sean Penn’s endorsement, but I appreciate what he says. All hands on deck.

  2. jferber says:

    Good, Sean. Now you have 9 days to campaign, donate and make appearances for him. Your “ambivalence” just kills me, though. Like, against Trump you’re ambivalent about a normal guy who’s been Vice President to Obama? And these four years of trumprule and about a million years of campaigning calamity, just NOW you know for whom to vote? Jesus Christ. You are a true snowflake. And by the way, you look like shit.

  3. Mignionette says:

    I actually believe the campaign are reaching out to the ambivalent’s and that is a good thing.

    Many people are not that convinced by Biden, but see him as a safe harbour for now.

    The problem with populist politics is that it has also re-calibrated decency and states-person like behaviour. The standards for holding office and being a politician in general are so much lower now since Trump, but thankfully people are now learning their lesson. People are learning that Politicians do not have to be ‘exciting’ to be good at what they do. Biden is a good antidote. A bit like having a nice stable boyfriend after a life time dating bad boys who shit on you and break your heart.

    Penn is typically the person who would have campaigned against Hilary but now he appreciates that there is a certain amount of pragmatism involved in politics. Like it or loathe these sort of people it’s important that someone with his anarchist leanings publicly conveys this so others can also check themselves.

    A refusal to vote for Biden / Harris is a Vote for Trump/ Pence.

    • Sigmund says:

      I agree. Politics has changed greatly in the last few years, even before Trump’s election. After all, something allowed him to get the nomination. And eventually, the presidency.

      I strongly believe, now more than ever, in the importance of voting Democrat. The Republicans have gone too far to the extreme right for people to vote third party. One party is NOT just as bad as the other. The Republicans have aligned themselves with white supremacists and bigots.

      Maybe someday we will have a ranked voting system and will do away with the electoral college. But right now, working within the system that we have, everyone needs to vote Democrat. A vote for anything else is a vote for Trump.

      • lanne says:

        Hear hear. I had this conversation at work today. Someone was joking about voting for Kanye. I said that a vote for anyone other than Biden is a vote for Trump. Joker shut up. Slunk off to work on some better material, I guess.

    • bluemoonhorse says:

      Fence-sitters and non-decideds must be convinced. They will only be convinced if one of their own shows why they have decided. Not a fan of Penn, but I’m a yes for anyone right now coming forward with a message to vote Biden/Harris. The more diverse the group is, the more others will be convinced.

  4. Ginger says:

    Good. He’s still a jerk.

  5. jferber says:

    Mignionette, You are very statesman-like (stateswoman like?), and you write very convincingly, but I still spit on Penn’s ambivalence.

    • Mignionette says:

      As you should and please carry on.

      But for now let’s secure his vote.

      I really hope that the US does what the UK failed to do i.e. vote pragmatically. I am not a fan of Corbyn, he showed his open disdain for too many people including those he was claiming to defend, but I voted for him all the same. I just wish a few more had also done so.

      • Sarah says:

        I was in the same position, we needed change. I voted for him and have been feeling the horror of what we ended up with every day since the election.

  6. Ellie says:

    The nonprofit he cofounded after Haiti, CORE, continues to be about the only place you can get a COVID test where I live (Atlanta), and they offer super low barrier testing for people who are homeless, undocumented or underinsured. So while yes, too little too late perhaps on the endorsement front and he’s a mess personally, but when he says he’s doing work on the testing front, that’s true.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s interesting to here. It does seem like he does some good work around the world, it’s a shame he’s such an ahole personally. But at least he’s doing something to help.

      I was always going to be 100% in on the Democrat nominee, and even though Biden was never one of my top picks, I do think he’s a decent man, and one who is experienced and will put the right people in place to help the country. We desperately need to get out of this chaos.

  7. ChillyWilly says:

    Listen, I really wish the choice wasn’t between 2 old white dudes. I also wish Kamala was at the top of the ticket and not just VP. But these are our choices right now. Biden is not my dream candidate but I believe he is a decent person who cares about more than himself and that will just have to do for now.

    • Roo says:

      Totally agree. Thankfully, the more I learn about Biden, the more I like him. He’s not perfect for sure, but he is a compassionate man and I think he’ll do a more than fine job as president. Can’t WAIT until Trump is gone. Keeping fingers, toes, everything crossed. Vote, everyone!!

  8. Andrea says:

    I mean, way to go endorsing the non-nazi candidate. *applause*
    Who is asking to hear from Sean Penn about anything?

  9. Kkat says:

    When Biden hugged the kid I felt his genuine compassion and caring.
    Can you ever even imagine anything like that from trump?

  10. SM says:

    Biden is very much shaped by his losses. But those losses shape him so profoundly is because he is a person who experienced joy, love, friendships. It makes you open to the world and all the pain of other that come from such things as loss. While Trump is just a lonely pathetic sociopath, who never was able to see the world from someonelse’s point of view. In a way I was understand when he says he is not something – not racist, not sexist, or whatever other bullshit he says. That is because in him mind he doesn’t care generaly for anyone and would sacrifice everything and anyone for his own benefit, not depending on sex, religion or race. In his mind any human is superfluous. He just likes to encourage and supporr white supremacists because he is ok with the whole world burning. This is also why he supports that handmaid to the supreme court, he doesn’t give a shit about pro life policies. It just helps create tensions and ultimately human suffering (mainly of women). He rejoices in it.

  11. Grant says:

    IDGAF what this chewed up piece of beef jerky has to say about politics. I just came here because that video of Biden hugging the wrestling coach’s son gave me all the feels on this dreary Monday. So happy that I voted early and voted Dem straight down the ticket.