Sean Penn is the latest celebrity to launch a scathing attack on America's Tea Party following Morgan Freeman's emotional outburst on CNN last month.
Penn was also on Cnn and being interviewed by Piers Morgan when he was asked about Freeman's previous comments and came down on the side of the veteran actor, saying "If you ask a representative of the Tea Party, 'OK Social Security, socialist. Get rid of it?' They're going to get very confused," going on to add "at the end of the day, there's a big bubble coming out of their heads saying, you know, can we just lynch him?" He'd earlier also opined "You have what I call 'the get the N-word out of the White House party,' the Tea Party."
The 51 year-old actor joins a growing list of noteworthy faces who've criticised the Tea Party, including Bill Maher, Joy Behar, Janeane Garofalo, John Stewart and Eva Longoria, the latter stating that the party was "not the character of America."
However, black businessman Herman Cain defended the party's reputation and rebuffed the stars, arguing that "I just think it's sad that they're so short-sighted in really understanding what the whole Tea Party citizen movement is all about."
Last month Morgan Freeman had decried The Tea Party as being "a racist thing."