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Sean Penn Ripped For Lamenting That American Men Have Become 'Feminized' Due To 'Cowardly Genes'

Sean Penn Ripped For Lamenting That American Men Have Become 'Feminized' Due To 'Cowardly Genes'
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Sean Penn is getting dragged online—and rightly so.

Two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn made headlines last week for making a seriously controversial—and delusional—statement about gender.

The American actor made a comment during an interview, saying he believes American men have become "feminized" due to "cowardly genes."

The 61-year-old argued these "cowardly genes" led men to becoming feminized into "wearing skirts" and male society needs to engage in more overt masculinity to avoid "becoming women."

He said:

“I am in the club that believes that men in American culture have become wildly feminized…I don’t think that [in order] to be fair to women, we should become them.”

After being called out for engaging in and perpetuating toxic masculinity culture, Penn attempted to clarify his controversial stance in a follow-up interview with The Independent.

Unfortunately, however, Penn ended up sticking his foot further in his mouth.

He said:

“I think that men have, in my view, become quite feminized."
“I have these very strong women in my life who do not take masculinity as a sign of oppression toward them.”
“There are a lot of, I think, cowardly genes that lead to people surrendering their jeans and putting on a skirt.”

The journalist, who was interviewing Penn as well as his daughter, Dylan Penn, commented he noticed Dylan became quiet and began staring into space as her father went on his toxic tirade.

In fact, The Independent itself was quick to criticize Penn's bad take.

The Independent's Leonie Cooper wrote:

"Penn's latest comments are problematic in a whole host of ways."

Cooper went on to point out this was Penn's "latest misfire" which exemplified "old-school misogyny."

Many fans were quick to point out Penn's hypocrisy as the actor who played gay politician Harvey Milk in the Academy Award-winning biopic Milk.

Twitter users are fuming over Penn's heteronormative and phobic comments.

This is, unfortunately, just the latest in a long line of bad takes from Penn, who also criticized the #MeToo movement calling out sexual assault and violence for creating a "divide between men and women."