Sean Penn reveals why he watches ISIS videos

Sean Penn in his latest film 'The Gunman'. (Open Road Films)

American actor Sean Penn has revealed why he watches ISIS beheading videos, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph this week.

Penn said he watches the gruesome propaganda videos released by the militant group, which has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, out of a sense of moral responsibility.

In the clips, Americans, Britons and Kurds are seen being graphically slaughtered by ISIS militants.

“The problem is we are not seeing enough of real violence. We are being anesthetized when you don't see the horror of war,” Penn said.

When asked by the newspaper whether he felt morally obliged to view the clips, he replied that he did, adding that staged violence in movies and the real violence such as that being perpetrated in Iraq and Syria are not the same thing.

“Anyone who sees them [ISIS videos] and claims that they were anaesthetized by violent movies, that they weren't horrified by what they saw, on the most primal level, is intellectually dishonest or existentially unpresent.”
 

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