Sean Penn, along with Sharon Stone and Matt Damon, are trying their best to convince people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But, unfortunately, there are many people who just fear the jab, and then there are also many that believe in conspiracy theories against the vaccine.
Lately, Sean Penn has made it mandatory for people on his sets to be vaccinated, stating that he would only resume the production of the series “Gaslit” by Starz Watergate when the entire cast and the crew are vaccinated. Penn made his stance clear in July, for “Gaslit,” Penn has made his demands of safety and precaution very clear. He plays the lead role of attorney general John Mitchell in the show.
Sean Penn Doubles Down on Vaccination Request in Theaters and on Set: ‘I Believe It Should Be Mandatory’ https://t.co/ywVcdYxSyk via @variety
“I do request people who are not vaccinated, don’t go to the cinemas.” pic.twitter.com/a55olbJIpg
— Milan Paurich (@milanpaurich) August 22, 2021
Penn stated in an interview with CNN regarding his film “Flag Day,”
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.
Other than the statements made, Penn has been actively involved in increasing awareness about the use of the vaccine. For this, he used his NGO as a platform so that his voice could reach the masses. The NGO is named Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE).
Speaking about CORE, he revealed,
I accented into what became CORE because of going down to Haiti the first time [following the 2010 earthquake]. And then with vaccination and testing, that was just an extension of the work that we’d been doing down there. We are vaccinating now in Haiti and, of course, responding to the recent earthquake in the southwest
CORE also set up a vaccination center at Dodger Stadium, and it was totally free of cost. CNN asked what he would say to the people who choose to remain unvaccinated; he told that there are two types of people who choose not to take the vaccine. So the actor is not only forcing the people on the set to get vaccinated; in fact, he’s calling the entire globe to do the right thing.
There are those that, once the FDA gives full approval, will go forward with it. And 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 — in our entire history — it’s all based on being independent because we understand the interdependency
Adding up, he further said,
The entire history of successful things in this country. And if we’re gonna continue with successful things — if we’re gonna take some of the great lessons that have been learned in the last year, some of the extraordinary movements, George Floyd, all of what’s happening societally — if we’re gonna take the good parts of that and move it forward, we’re gonna 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.
The renowned actor also tried to explain the issue in simple words saying getting a vaccine is as crucial as getting a driver’s license!
This is one of those things that should be mandatory that we all get with the exception,Penn explained. The very few exceptions are those people who, for whatever reason, a medical condition might offset it. But I do think that business, all businesses, need to take the lead and to be not so timid in dealing with their collective bargaining agreement partners.
Penn isn’t the only face in Hollywood raising these concerns. Sharon Stone also showed her concerns about feeling threatened. In a different interview, even Matt Damon showed his annoyance over people who were hesitant to get completely vaccinated.