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“Penn, making sure it’s all about him once again”: Fans UNIMPRESSED as Sean Penn Gives his Oscar to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Sean Penn Gives his Oscar to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Academy Award winner Sean Penn hands his Oscar to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a token of support for the country amidst conflict with Russia. The actor tells his ‘great friend’ to return the trophy to Malibu once they emerge victorious from the war.

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Actor Sean Penn and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Penn has been vocal about his support for Ukraine ever since the war broke out in February. The 62-year-old actor and director has been to Kyiv twice prior to his most recent trip. Upon revisiting the president, he took out his Oscar and placed it on Zelensky’s desk as a symbol of his unwavering loyalty. The American actor won Academy Award for his performances in Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008).

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Actor Sean Penn Shows Support For Ukraine Amidst War Against Russia

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Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine and former actor

Zelensky was once an actor and comedian before he entered the realm of politics. He was glad to accept Penn’s gift and calls it a great honor on his part. “This is for you. It’s just a symbolic silly thing, but if I know this is here with you, then I’ll feel better and stronger for the fight. When you win, bring it back to Malibu. I’ll feel much better knowing a piece of me is here,” says Penn via Daily Mail.

In turn, the president awarded Sean Penn a Ukrainian Order of Merit as a sign of gratitude for his sincerity and contribution to the country.

Penn also considered joining the Ukrainian armed forces to help them fight the war. He said, “Part of what makes [Zelensky] so particularly extraordinary is that courage, he’s the face of so many Ukrainians. I mean this is leadership we aspire to, this is freedom of thought and true leadership that mostly is just so moving.” (via Daily Mail)

As a consequence of his support for Ukraine, the actor is banned from entering Russia. Vladimir Putin’s ministry has included him in their list of banned US actors, along with Ben Stiller.

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Fans Are Unimpressed With Penn’s Gesture

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Sean Penn

This move did not impress people and called it unnecessary. They took to Twitter their sentiments regarding Sean Penn offering his Oscar award to the Ukrainian president. Check out their tweets below:

Sean Penn was in Ukraine filming a documentary when the conflict broke out. He was forced to flee to Poland along with other refugees. This tragic firsthand experience might have encouraged the actor to take sides and show his support for the country.

Zelensky has urged the international community to encourage Russia to resort to a peaceful talk, with a condition of returning all Ukrainian lands as compensation for the damages caused by the war.

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Written by Ariane Cruz

Content writer at FandomWire.