Sean Penn stated that he would smelt his Oscars if the Academy didn’t allow Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to speak.
In his interview with CNN, Penn asked the Academy is obliged to allow Zelensky a platform during their show.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award show airs on Sunday.
“There is nothing greater than the Academy Awards could do than to give (Zelenskyy) an opportunity to talk to all of us. It is my understanding that a decision has been made not to do it. That is not me commenting on whether or not President Zelenskyy had wanted to,” Penn said.
He has won Oscars for his roles in Milk and Mystic River.
Penn was in Ukraine to film the documentary for Vice.
“If the (Academy has) 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,” Penn continued.
He also urged the people to boycott the shot if Zelenskyy wasn’t invited to speak.
Sean Penn deserves another Oscar for his acting job on CNN where he said he would smelt all of his oscars if Hollywood decides against having Zelenskyy speak🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/9ISpEZGa4h
— heweymedia (@heweymedia) March 27, 2022
“If it comes back to it, I will smelt mine in public. I pray that’s not what’s happened. I pray there have not been arrogant people who consider themselves representatives of the greater good in my industry that have (decided against checking) with leadership in Ukraine. So I’m just going to hope that that’s not what’s happened. I hope (every attendee) walks out if it is,” Penn said.
On Sunday afternoon, there wasn’t a decision publicized about if Zelensky would appear or not.
“Academy officials still are debating on whether Zelenskyy will indeed appear briefly on the show, sources said. It’s also not clear if he would appear live or in a taped message. Sources said the debate centers on whether the Oscars should remain apolitical as the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on,” the New York Post reports.
Oscar’s ratings have been in free fall since the show was massively political during the Trump admin.
ABC, which is broadcasting the show, is said to be in favor of Zelenskyy, a former actor, making a statement. ABC did not return requests for comment,” the Post report continued.
Mila Kunis, burn Ukraine, and her husband Ashton Kutcher are expected to issue a statement during the show.
They have raised $35 million for Ukrainian refugees.
.@aplusk & Mila Kunis were among the first to respond to our grief. They have already raised $35 million & are sending it to @flexport & @Airbnb to help 🇺🇦 refugees. Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world. #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/paa0TjJseu
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 20, 2022