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Thandie Newton poses in the press room during the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on February 10, 2019 in London, England. Sean Penn attends a special screening of Sean Penn's "Flag Day" at The Directors Guild of America on August 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Thandiwe Newton took a stand against Sean Penn after the actor made headlines comments about men becoming too feminized in American culture. The Mystic River star said in an interview with The Independent last week that it’s a “cowardly gene” that leads men to wear skirts.

“Dude what are you saying?” Newton, 49, wrote on Twitter in reaction to Penn’s comments. “Like for real? You’re a jibbering fool…you used to be sexy but now you’re just tragic.”

The Westworld star added, “In front of your daughter!? That poor little mite. Thank God her Mum’s so dope. Please stop ruining the brilliance of Licorice Pizza with this nonsense.”

Penn told The Independent, “I think that men have, in my view, become quite feminized. I have these very strong women in my life who do not take masculinity as a sign of oppression toward them. There are a lot of, I think, cowardly genes that lead to people surrendering their jeans and putting on a skirt.” The publication noted that Penn’s comments on men becoming “quite feminized” left his daughter who joined him for the interview “quiet, staring into space.”

Twitter echoed Thandiwe’s comments about Sean Penn. See what they had to say below:

  • Not The First Person To Come To Mind

  • Famously Fair To Women

  • Sean Penn In The 70s

  • He Doesn't Recognize Masculinity

  • The Hero We Deserve

  • Iggy Pop Said It Best

  • How Is This Brave?

  • The Irony Is Insane

  • He Failed To Liberate Himself

  • This Is Why He Snapped