Sean Penn: Watching ISIS Beheading Videos Good For The Anti-War Crowd

Sean Penn says he feels morally obliged to watch Isil’s beheading videos because “we are not seeing enough of real violence”.

The actor believes it is important to acquaint himself with the horrors being perpetrated around the world, however difficult it might be to watch.

He disagrees with the notion that violent films – including his new film, The Gunman – have anaesthetised audiences to real violence.
Asked if he watched Isil videos out of a sense of moral responsibility, Penn replied: “Uh-huh. I’ve watched them.

“And anyone who sees them and claims that they were anaesthetised by violent movies, that they weren’t horrified by what they saw, on the most primal level, is intellectually dishonest or existentially unpresent.”

Speaking to The Telegraph, Penn said: “The problem is we are not seeing enough of real violence. We are being anaesthetised when you don’t see the horror of war.

“In the Sixties, we grew up with the horror of Vietnam on our television screens every day. Today we have become anaesthetised by political correctness. The American news channels did this with the Iraq war; they wouldn’t show what it was about, they wouldn’t show the caskets coming home.”


I see, so watching ISIS beheading videos will open people’s eyes to the horror of war and in turn strengthen opposition to war, so they won’t wage war…. against ISIS?

  • tom_billesley

    Sean Penn says he feels morally obliged to watch …..
    He should just be glad it’s not personal experience.

  • hello
    Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman
    Prof at West Point
    Book: On KIlling

    • Stronger Than Dirt

      Very , thanks. Great info and insight.

  • roccolore

    The anti-war movement supports ISIS, Boko Haram, and Hamas.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The last Hollywood resident who actually knew something about these matters was Ronald Reagan.

  • Ed

    Penn’s entire adult life has been an unsuccessful attempt to persuade us he’s not Spicolli…

  • Hard Little Machine

    You left out the rest of his thought. It’s because he claims George Bush personally created ISIS. Yes in those exact words.

    • lolwut?

      In a way he kind of did, say what you want about dictators, they do keep people like the ones who join ISIS in check.

  • wallyj180

    “The problem is we are not seeing enough of real violence. We are being anaesthetised when you don’t see the horror of war.”

    I agree with this statement.
    Every apologist should have to sit and watch beheadings and stonings until it sinks in that Islam is not the ‘religion of peace’.

  • ntt1

    who cares what this idiot thinks I will not waste time seeing any production he appears in and even less time thinking about his shallow thoughts.

    • lolwut?

      He’s right though.

      People need to see for themselves what groups like ISIS are doing
      the same with the Cartels in Mexico.

      In fact the cartels in Mexico put ISIS to shame when it comes to killings.
      those guys use chainsaws and don’t edit their videos at all.

      • ntt1

        that scene where Penn pounds on his head with a tennis shoe and says that’s my skull man….he was not acting

        • lolwut?

          Doesn’t change the fact that he’s right, regardless of what you think of his acting, or his views on other subjects.

          • ntt1

            I have no quarrel as long as he limits himself to self abuse with a cross trainer

  • cmh

    sounds like he might be coming around slowly

  • WalterBannon

    Sean Penn is an asshole, and that is the least of his personal problems

    • Seneca III

      It really is of no importance what the glitterati and the global tribe of indulged, affluent, vacuous ‘Slebs’ together with the brain dead who give them adulation think or say. Once the Demented Slaves of Allah get their hands on them they will squeal, cry and dribble their self-centred lives away in the pain they so richly deserve.