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Sean Penn calls for Oscars boycott if Ukraine’s Zelensky can’t speak

Sean Penn is asking on Hollywood to boycott the Academy Awards if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is denied an opportunity to talk on the red-carpet occasion.

“I’d encourage everybody concerned to know, although it might be their second, and I perceive that, to rejoice their movies, it’s so way more their second to shine and to protest and to boycott that Academy Awards,” the controversial actor said in an appearance on CNN Saturday afternoon.

Penn, 61, has received two Oscars and vowed to “smelt mine in public” if Zelensky is snubbed by the Academy.

The Ukrainian chief has been in talks with the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences to make a video look throughout Sunday’s broadcast of the Oscars ceremony. Penn met with Zelensky whereas in Ukraine in February, when he was filming a documentary in regards to the nation’s tensions and now battle with Russia.

Oscars ceremony co-host Amy Schumer floated the thought of getting Zelensky communicate on the occasion final week, People reported.

“It’s my understanding {that a} choice has been made to not do it” Penn mentioned of getting Zelensky communicate.

“If the Academy has elected to not do it, if presenters have elected to not pursue the management in Ukraine, who’re taking bullets and bombs for us, together with the Ukrainian youngsters they’re making an attempt to guard, then I feel each single a kind of folks and each little bit of that call may have been essentially the most obscene second in all of Hollywood historical past.”

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