Sean Penn compares being unvaccinated to ‘pointing a gun in somebody’s face’ as he double downs on stance on mandatory Covid shots
Sean Penn just doubled down on his belief that the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory.
During an appearance on CNN to promote his new film Flag Day, the 61-year-old actor maintained his stance that people should be compelled to get vaccinated and referenced the 2nd Amendment when referring to the unvaccinated.
‘It’s, you know, I have some areas of strong belief in the Second Amendment,’ Penn to host Michael Smerconish.
‘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.’
Doubling down: Sean Penn reaffirmed his belief that the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory
Penn, who recently refused to return to the set of his upcoming Starz series Gaslit until the entire cast and crew were vaccinated, explained his call for everyone involved to receive the vaccine.
He told Smerconish that currently only crew members who personally interact with the cast are required to have received the vaccine.
Penn said, ‘I didn’t want to feel complicit in something that was taking care of one group and not the other.’
Strong stance: The actor said that being unvaccinated was like ‘pointing a gun in somebody’s face’
‘And I do believe that everyone should get vaccinated,’ he continued. ‘I believe it should be mandatory, like turning your headlights on in the car at night.’
The two-time Academy Award winner asserted that unvaccinated people fall into two categories.
Sean said, ‘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.’
Taking a stand: Penn recently refused to return to the set of his upcoming Starz series Gaslit until the entire cast and crew were vaccinated
FIrm: Sean explained that he believes that vaccines should be mandatory and compared getting the vaccine to ‘turning on your headlights at night.’ Seen in August 2021
He went on to say, ‘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 lifestyle, to life here and around the world.’
As Penn has stated in previous interviews, he believes that only vaccinated people should see Flag Day in theaters and acknowledged that his personal views on the topic may cause the unvaccinated to avoid the film.
Voicing his opinion: As Penn has stated in previous interviews, he believes that only vaccinated people should see Flag Day in theaters and acknowledged that his personal views on the topic may cause the unvaccinated to avoid the film. Pictured in August 2021
Sean told Smerconish, ‘I am so grateful that audiences — and yes, we’ll come around to that I would request only vaccinated audiences — have an opportunity to see this theatrically.
‘It’s rare these days to have something that is exclusively theatrical. Eventually it will stream, and that’s a better time for the unvaccinated to see it, though I think I’ll probably offend them out of that choice.’
Penn’s disaster relief organization CORE has partnered with businesses and local governments to expand testing and vaccinations across the United States. He said that CORE is now distributing free vaccines in Haiti, which was recently struck by a devastating earthquake.
Taking action: Penn’s disaster relief organization CORE has partnered with businesses and local governments to expand testing and vaccinations across the United States and are now offering vaccines in Haiti. Seen in 2018
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