Actor Sean Penn attempted to hold the Oscars hostage by demanding a boycott if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was not given an invite to give a virtual address.
During an interview on Saturday on CNN’s “Newsroom,” host Jim Acosta asked Penn, “The Oscars are tomorrow night. Do you want to see President Zelensky speak at the Oscars via some sort of video link? How do you think the ceremony, how the event should recognize what is happening in Ukraine? What would you say, I guess, if you were there up on stage?”
Penn responded by saying, “It is my understanding that a decision has been made not to do it. That is not me commenting on whether or not President Zelensky had wanted to. If the Academy has elected not to do it, if presenters have elected not to pursue the leadership in Ukraine who are taking bullets and bombs for us along with the Ukrainian children that they are trying to protect, then I think every single one of those people and every bit of that decision will have been the most obscene moment in all of Hollywood history. And I hope it is not what is happening.”
Zelensky has become a celebrity, especially among the trendy mainstream in America, and it would just make sense for the Oscars to invite him to speak.
Penn continued by saying, “If it turns out to be what is happening, I would encourage everyone involved — and I know that even though it may be their moment to celebrate their films, it is so, more importantly, their moment to shine and to protest and to boycott that Academy Awards.”
Of course, Penn has made the crucial mistake of thinking most Americans bother to watch the Oscars. An address from Zelensky would likely have gone entirely unnoticed by the general public.
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