No, What Sean Penn Said Is Not Okay | Robert Caruso

February 23, 2015 2:31 PM

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No, What Sean Penn Said Is Not Okay | Robert Caruso

It's the year 2015. And at a storied Hollywood institution like the 87th Academy Awards, a certain amount of decorum is expected. The star-studded event is one of the highest rated television events of the year and garners the lavish attention of advertisers that depend on the capital the event and its attendees generate. Put simply, it is a machine and, seeing as how receipt of an Oscar is the apex of achievement in Hollywood, an almost sacred event. It is where one goes to be both seen and respected--because they matter.

So imagine the expressions of shock and surprise that rippled like a shockwave through the media and entertainment worlds Sunday night as Alejandro González Iñárritu, accepting an Oscar--nay, his Academy Award, from The Academy--was subjected to ridicule and discrimination by Sean Penn on national T...

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