In late March, the debut novel of actor Sean Penn, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, hit newsstands all across the country. The work features the titular protagonist, Bob Honey, a political activist, who tired of the lack of results that come from endless letter writing, turns to violence to instigate change. Penn has been open that Honey’s political beliefs are his own and that the book is pretty much a critique of the Trump administration. Penn has been very active in political movements for years, traveling all over the world for various movements.
Although the book is clearly anti-Trump administration. This is definitely not Penn’s first time speaking out against it. He has a history of being very verbal about opposition to Trump’s policies every since he even started campaigning for the presidency. In the novel, the president is deridingly referred to as “Mr. Landlord.” The novel also a six-page section that specifically looks at the #MeToo movement. This last in particular has received harsh criticism from top publications such as Rolling Stone. In his criticism of the #MeToo movement, among other things he said it was “infantilizing.”
He also says the entire movement is no more than a public shaming of disgraced media stars like Charlie Rose and Louis C.K. But he said such celebrities aren’t the only shaming targets. He said it aims to shame many people throughout the country in any industry. And he concluded that in the end that all it will achieve and will not really generate any really effectual discussion which it claims is its main point. Penn was inspired to write his book after years of becoming disillusioned with the movie industry and how it was giving society the wrong idea about the world. People have learned to be told what to believe instead of coming to that conclusion on their own.