Sean Penn had some scathing words for those who criticised him on social media – as he upheld his non-apology for joking at the Oscars that Mexican director Alejandro Iñárritu didn't have a green card to work in the USA.
Unperturbed by criticism, the Milk actor said that people had "miss[ed] the irony", but that he was not surprised that "I live in an idiocracy".
Speaking to Roy Sekoff yesterday during HuffPost Live, the 54-year-old actor agreed with the suggestion that he refused to play the game of meeting "faux outrage" with "faux contrition".
Penn said: "When people seize a moment, they say 'oh he talked about that thing that I can relate to that which identifies me as an activist or as a person with an opinion, hence I’ll jump on it and completely miss the irony of it'."
Oscars 2015 winners
Oscars 2015 winners
1/15 Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne picks up his award for Best Actor (Robyn Beck AFP)
2/15 Best Actress
Julianne Moore picks up her award for Best Actress for her role in Still Alice (Robyn Beck AFP)
3/15 Best Picture
The cast and crew of Birdman accept their Best Picture Oscar on stage
4/15 Best Supporting Actress
5/15 Best Supporting Actress
6/15 Best Director
'Birdman': Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Best Director Award for Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
7/15 Best Screenplay
Birdman: Director Alejandro G. Irritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
8/15 Best Documentary Feature
CitizenFour: Laura Poitras (2nd L) embraces The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald (C), as Mathilde Bonnefoy (R) and Dirk Wilutzky (L) (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
9/15 Best Adapted Screenplay
The Imitation Game: Graham Moore (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
10/15 Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
11/15 Best Visual Effects
Interstellar: Paul Franklin (2ndL) , Andrew Lockley (R) , Ian Hunter (L) and Scott Fisher (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
12/15 Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6: Don Hall (C), Chris Williams (R) and Roy Conli (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
13/15 Best Cinematography
Birdman: Emmanuel Lubezki AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
14/15 Best Sound Editing
American Sniper: Alan Robert Murray (R) and Bub Asman (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
15/15 Best Foreign Language Film
Ida (Poland): Pawel Pawlikowski (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
He compared the blogosphere to a town hall, where some people come to help things "move forward", but "people by and large come to hear the sound of their own voice".
However, he added that if it made people happy to behave in such a way then that was their prerogative.
"Everybody that does nothing with their life except masturbate and ask their parents if their socks are dry gets on this thing and has something to say," he said.
"And so, you know, I mean if it gives people something to do, I suppose it’s not worse than religion."
Penn, who appears in forthcoming film The Gunman, has previously said that the Oscars comment was an inside joke between him and the Birdman director.
"There's a little inside humour with he and I," Penn said.
"[I knew] that he would be the first person in that room to know that his film won."Reuse content