Hollywood star Sean Penn sparked more than a few stunned responses Friday night after making strange a strange and inaccurate statement calling for the Vatican to “impeach” evangelical leaders who refuse to repent for following “Satin [sic] into the bowels of hell.”
“Evangelical leaders should themselves be impeached by the Vatican if they themselves don’t follow Nikki Haley’s lead & clearly state they should not have followed Satin into the bowels of hell,” the actor declared in a tweet that had both Catholics and Protestants uniting in laughter at his error. “But, perhaps they are too busy at sex parties.”
Evangelical leaders should themselves be impeached by the Vatican if they themselves don’t follow Nikki Haley’s lead & clearly state they should not have followed Satin into the bowels of hell. But, perhaps they are too busy at sex parties.
— Sean Penn (@SeanPenn) February 13, 2021
Penn seemingly referred to former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s recent criticism of former President Donald Trump, of whom she had been a staunch supporter and had attempted to suggest that evangelical leaders should make similar statements.
His statement would have dissipated into the cloud of irrelevant elitist tweets like all the other celebrity opinions on social media had it not been for his hilariously inept handling of basic facts like the Vatican having no ecclesial authority over evangelicals, how impeachment works (and that he may have it confused with excommunication), and how “Satan” is spelled.
Of course, several folks on Twitter were happy to help him understand.
I don’t know if anyone’s given you a clear explanation of what you got wrong here, but the pope is Catholic and evangelicals are not, so he has no authority over what they do. That’s one. Two, they can’t be impeached. Three, it’s velvet. Velvet is in hell, not satin.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) February 14, 2021
Oh no what ever will evangelical leaders do if the Vatican won't allow them to be Catholic anymore? pic.twitter.com/Psa6EQYZwS
— Dan (@TractorLaw) February 14, 2021
Don’t do drugs, kids
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 14, 2021
1. What's wrong with Satin, besides its lack of breathability?
2. You are aware Rome/Vatican isn't the same thing as Evangelical, right?
Celebrities and their wisdom. Oy.
— Aspree 😀💘🎵💜💕 (@Aspree_Berean) February 14, 2021
Laughing at this tweet
— Daydreaming Catholic 😴🇻🇦 (@DaydreamingCat1) February 14, 2021
Besides Penn’s theological error, others were quick to note that the actor has a long history of socializing with morally-compromised individuals, including notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo”Guzmán and communist tyrant Hugo Chavez.
Penn had met with the murderous cartel king for a Rolling Stone interview back in 2016, and, on the same day the article was printed earlier this month, Guzmán was swiftly arrested. Penn later expressed regret about the interview, but only because it “failed” to start a conversation about the war on drugs rather than because he met with and effectively legitimized a mass-murdering drug lord.
As for Chavez, The Guardian notes that Penn is part of a small cabal of Hollywood veterans who unflinchingly support the former Venezuelan president and even went so far as to suggest that people should be imprisoned for—inaccurately, in his view—calling Chavez a dictator.
“Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it,” Penn said back in 2010. “And this is mainstream media. There should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies.”
The irony of a dictatorship sympathizer calling for folks to be jailed and ten years later claiming that the Vatican has any authority over evangelicals is just plain painful.
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