AceShowbiz - Sean Penn has come under fire after doubling down on his comments that men these days have become "quite feminized." The 61-year-old actor has caught heat for saying that men who wear skirts have "cowardly genes."
Recently, in an interview with U.K. outlet iNews, the Oscar-winning actor said he saw "there has been an absence of male behavior." He then elaborated, "I am in the club that believes that men in American culture have become wildly feminized."
"I don't think that being a brute or having insensitivity or disrespect for women is anything to do with masculinity, or ever did," he stressed. "But I don't think that [in order] to be fair to women, we should become them."
In a new interview with The Independent, Sean was asked to explain this view of his. "I think that men have, in my view, become quite feminized," he reiterated his earlier statements.
"I have these very strong women in my life who do not take masculinity as a sign of oppression toward them," so he claimed, before attacking men who wear skirts, "There are a lot of, I think, cowardly genes that lead to people surrendering their jeans and putting on a skirt."
According to the news outlet, Sean's daughter Dylan Penn, who worked with him on "Flag Day", was present during the interview and looked uncomfortable when he uttered the word "quite feminized."
Needless to say, many social media users blasted Sean for his "misogynistic" comments. "1st do celebs lknow they could enjoy their fame, $ & success without making comments that have real life consequences on the marginalized?" one person wondered. "2nd did he not read history? Vikings, Gladiators, Scottish warriors," the person continued, noting noble men who have worn skirts in history.
Another pointed out that men in some cultures still wear skirts to this day, "Paging the billions of men who wear 'skirts' in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka." Another who disagreed with Sean asked, "@SeanPenn Doesn't know that being feminized IS a sign of strength. Weak men beat their wives. Right Madonna? Feminized men are strong and SEXY as hell. Right Harry [Styles]?"
Someone else commented, "Okay think what you want #SeanPenn thing is an opinion such as yours is misogynistic, at what point in our humanity and life on the spinning rock we call home did we decide that pants are purely masculine?"
Sean has not responded to the online backlash.