Sean Penn Joins Conservative Side on #MeToo

Liberal and Conservative Find Common Ground

Sean Penn can be described as a diminutive, pocket-sized, Shetland human in stature, while a giant in Hollywood liberalism. Somewhere inside Mr. Penn is a Y chromosome. That chromosome is watching what is happening with Judge Kavanaugh, #MeToo, and everything else designed to criminalize being a male. It appears that there can be a finding of rare common ground with his conservative brethren.

While promoting his new show “The First” on the Today show, Penn was asked by the interviewer about the heavy female influence in the program and references the #MeToo movement. Penn is as politically correct with his answer as one can be while still expressing suspicion over much of what is going on. At one point, he talks about unfounded accusations, which is something the public is currently watching playing out in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Right Vs. Wrong

Why would Sean Penn, a man with Hugo Chavez’s face tattooed somewhere painfully intimate, decide to close ranks over #MeToo with those he is at political odds with? It is very simple, as this is not an issue of right vs. left. It is an issue of right vs. wrong. It is an issue of due process becoming less upon the accused’s presumption of innocence and more upon if your accuser can quote lines from “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” or some other chick flick that glorifies traveling pants.

Those who infest Hollywood, despite having questionable levels of common sense, do also have something that resembles a survival instinct. The #MeToo movement has resulted in a circumstance where women can make accusations of sexual misconduct against men without having to provide proof.

This is because the accusation itself is being treated as the proof and it is the man’s responsibility to demonstrate his innocence. This is not how the American justice system is supposed to work. Nobody has the right to be believed based on gender. Belief comes with verifiable evidence. Until then, the accused is innocent until proven guilty.

Witch Hunt Experience

Penn may be more sensitive to the dangers of the #MeToo movement due to his involvement in the documentary “Witch Hunt.” This was the story of a man who was falsely accused of child molestation. The film went on to examine an epidemic of such false accusations that happened in the 1980s.

“Witch Hunt” is the perfect phrase for what is happening today. In an atmosphere where an accusation of sexual misconduct against a man is true unless the guy can prove he is innocent, the justice system has been transported right back to Salem in 1692.

To some, it may feel odd and wrong being on the same side of an issue as Sean Penn. In this case, people just have to accept the adage, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Brian James / Guest Contributor
Brian James grew up just out of bullet range of Detroit. He was raised on the work of Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, and Snorri Sturluson. Eventually, he went on to college where he majored in History. While he never realized his dream to become a heavier version of Indiana Jones, he did wind up writing for a number of magazines, newspapers, websites, and Fortune 500 companies. Politically he is a constitutional purist who believes in life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the idea that anti-American “progressives” should be waterboarded with their own tears until they start thinking right.
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