Sean Penn Says #MeToo Movement 'Divides Men and Women'

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Sean Penn poses for a portrait in New York City on March 27, 2018. 

Sean Penn says much of the spirit of the #MeToo movement is to “divide men and women.”

Penn appeared on NBC’s Today show on Monday (Sept. 17) in an interview with co-star Natascha McElhone of new Hulu show The First. McElhone said her character is informed by the movement.

Penn disagreed. The two-time Oscar winner says he’s “very suspicious of a movement that gets glommed onto in great stridency and rage and without nuance.” Penn says he thinks “it’s too black and white.” He says it’s “really good to just slow down.”


The First centers on a mission to Mars. The president of the United States and three of the five astronauts are women.