Sean Penn: If you’re unvaccinated, it’s like ‘pointing a gun in somebody’s face’

Cannes Film Festival 2021, Movie "Flag Day"

Sean Penn is a tool, but he’s been getting good press lately for his work with CORE, and his work getting more people vaccinated. Penn recently refused to go to work on Showtime’s Gaslit until everyone (crew and cast) was vaccinated. He also backed across the board vaccine mandates. Penn is currently promoting Flag Day, which he directed and stars in, and he keeps talking about vaccines and how everyone should get them.

Actor Sean Penn once again came out strongly against unvaccinated people, likening their insistance on free choice to a Second Amendment advocate pointing a gun in your face.

Speaking to CNN host Michael Smerconish, Penn – who previously refused to have unvaccinated people on the set of his Watergate series Gaslit — said that while he has “some areas of strong belief in the Second Amendment,” he can’t support those who use the Constitution to justify what he perceives as dangerous actions.

“It’s, you know, I have some areas of strong belief in the Second Amendment,” Penn said “But I think that you need to recognize how, you know, with something like this, you can’t go around pointing a gun in somebody’s face, which is what it is when people are unvaccinated.”

Penn said there were only two categories of people who are resisting being vaccinated.

“There are those that, once the FDA gives full approval, will go forward with it. And that there are those who have become entrenched in a kind of radical libertarianism and an identity of politic that has sort of perversely turned this issue into something that forgets that in the United States of America, our entire history, it’s all based on being independent because we understand interdependency. The entire history of successful things in this country.”

He continued, “And if we’re going to continue with successful things, if we’re going to take some of the great lessons that have been learned in the last year, some of the – some of the extraordinary movements, you know, look George Floyd, all of what’s happening societal. If we’re going to take the good parts of that and move it forward we’re going to do it interdependently and I think vaccination is the beginning of that given that it’s such a threat now to business, to life style, to life here and around the world.”

[From Deadline]

I wonder what the VENN Diagram looks like of “anti-Vaxxers” and “gun nuts” and whether there’s an overlap for “gun nuts open to Sean Penn’s persuasion on vaccines.” I do think Penn was trying to talk to people at their level, or at least what he thinks is their level. “It’s like guns, you know… like, getting a vaccine is that feeling of holstering a very big, loaded gun.” Next he’s going to say that states should give out free guns to people getting vaccinated. But he does have a point about how “American individualism” has gotten us to this point where millions of people completely f–king refuse to do something basic for the good of society, for the good of their family, for the good of their community.

2021 Cannes Film Festival

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  1. heya says:

    A bag of farts can be right at least once in a lifetime. Nice.

  2. Darla says:

    It’s like some people are just missing the part of one’s humanity that urges you to act for the common good. I’ve marveled over it since I guess about April 2020 when people started refusing to wear a mask. Because they’d “be fine”. I mean, some of them weren’t, but a lot of them were…how many did they infect who weren’t? That’s the thing that they are incapable of caring about. Imagine being that inhuman.

    • Miranda says:

      “Inhuman” is an excellent choice of words. COVID is now effecting children in ever-increasing numbers. Pediatric ICUs across the country have no beds available. And how do many parents respond to this? Protesting mask mandates in schools and doxxing and sending death threats to teachers and other school officials. It’s unbelievable. When they refuse to make even the slightest adjustment to their lifestyle that could save the life of AN INNOCENT CHILD who is too young to be vaccinated and must rely on adults to do the responsible thing to protect them…I don’t know, they might be too far gone to even bother engaging with them.

      • Darla says:

        I think they are Miranda. A society that is suffering from such mass-insanity that they will kill their own children isn’t one worth saving. I really feel like we already went over this in The Hunger Games. But apparently some took that as a blueprint.

      • Jules says:

        it’s called narcissism

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Miranda, a little girl too young for the vaccine died in Mississippi yesterday. She was 8 years old. Just a little girl that had her entire life before her. She never had a chance at life.

        These anti-Vader’s and anti-maskers are being selfish, ignorant and down right dangerous to the protection of everyone around them. I don’t care for Penn, but his analogy is spot on!

        There was a little girl on the news this morning and they were interviewing the mother in regards to the children wearing a mask at school, at which point they knelt down and asked her how she felt about having to wear a mask. Her response is epic, “it’s just a piece of cloth”!!!!

    • Juls says:

      Pride, selfishness, and ignorance. WOW what a lethal combo. I only have sympathy for the children.

  3. Penguin says:

    When I lived in the US I had many friends say to me that they didn’t mind paying more for healthcare and higher education as long as they were the only ones using it. These weren’t even right-wing nuts, but regular run of the mill people. I knew then that there’s something truly off in society if people were conditioned to think so selfishly. I now live in a country where I pay nearly $1000 in tax per month more than I did in the US and gladly do so because I have guaranteed health, education, social security and infrastructure no matter my life circumstances. I wish American society had learned that society cannot function with extreme individualism before the COVID pandemic.

  4. Izzy says:

    He may be a tool, but he has done a couple of good things. Coming out so strongly in favor of vaccination. After Hurricane Katrina, he rented a boat and started rescuing people while our own government kind of dithered about.

    • Kristen says:

      I know he might not be everyone’s favorite, but I don’t really get all of vitriol directed at him. He does a lot of good work, and doesn’t just write checks (tho he gives $$$ too) – he works on the ground to help people after natural disasters, and not just in the U.S.

      • Normades says:

        Seriously. I’m sure he’s a flawed person but he continues to be on the right side in a lot of issues. Calling him ham face is just stupid, you wouldn’t do that to a woman.

  5. Silver says:

    I’m trying to understand still how and why someone who is vaccinated feels threatened by someone who is not when they’re vaccinated 😂 the hostility is incredible yet where is the logic? Asking for a friend

    • faithmobile says:

      Think of it this way: The vaccine is like a seat belt to protect you against drunk drivers(unvaccinated people). Is it one 100% going to save your life? No. But proudly stating you are unvaccinated is like saying you are a drunk driver-you’re a menace to the safety of others and we are fu*king sick of your selfish reckless behavior.

    • Ann says:

      @Silver vaccinated people are “threatened” by unvaccinated people because we care about people OTHER THAN OURSELVES. The unvaccinated children, for instance, or people who are unable to get the vaccine for medical reasons but are exposed to the virus through the unvaccinated by choice.

      We’re not thinking of ourselves, we’re thinking of the unvaccinated who do not have a choice. And yea, that makes me a bit “hostile”.

    • Tursitops says:

      Some fully vaccinated people are incompletely protected because of underlying health conditions. It’s a different case from the healthy who may get a milder case of Covid; it could easily be fatal for these people.

      The “logic” is that there are people who don’t take the attitude that only their whims and wants matter. They believe in the importance of the social contract. Share *that* with your “friend”.

    • Jules says:

      This question is so bizarre and illogical I can’t even.

  6. Jennifer says:

    He’s been a jerk in a lot of ways, but he is right here.