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Sean Penn watches ISIS beheading videos to avoid being "anesthetized" to real violence.
Actor Sean Penn told The Telegraph Friday he feels morally obliged to watch gruesome Islamic State beheading videos in order to avoid becoming desensitized to real violence.
The actor, who most recently starred in The Gunman - a movie with violent undertones focused on a sniper on an assassination team - told the British daily he finds it important to familiarize himself with violent acts being perpetrated internationally in order to combat the theory that watching violent movies anesthetizes audiences to real-life acts of horror.
"Anyone who sees them [IS videos] and claims that they were anesthetized by violent movies, that they weren’t horrified by what they saw, on the most primal level, is intellectually dishonest or existentially unpresent,” Penn told The Telegraph.
Penn expressed his belief that audiences today are becoming anesthetized by political correctedness and censorship on television screens.
“In the Sixties, we grew up with the horror of Vietnam on our television screens every day. Today we have become anesthetized by political correctness. The American news channels did this with the Iraq war; they wouldn’t show what it was about, they wouldn’t show the caskets coming home,” the Telegraph
quoted him saying.