Sean Penn has always had outspoken views on political matters, and for his unique relationships with unconventional political figures, and this March he released his book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” In interviews with Trevor Noah and Vogue Magazine, Penn discusses how the book is meant to take an absurd and satirical look at the issues in America at the moment. Noah acknowledges that the story is hard to describe, but that seems to be Penn’s purpose. he says that it is meant to examine the “dark side of human nature,” and how easily humans can get a fascination with fascism. The book tells the story of Bob Honey, an angry and loathing American, whom as a side job kills older citizens with a mallet. Bob works for a mysterious employer and feels that these older people are standing in the way of progress.
In the Vogue interview Penn says that he feels this book has symbols that seem to align with the #METOO movement. This isn’t far off, as Penn tells Noah of the similarities between Bob’s world and our own. Bob witnesses the presidential election of 2016, the killings of cops in Dallas, and even writes an angry letter to the president – telling him that he is unfit to serve in public office. According to Penn, Bob is meant to symbolize Americans’ need to serve their country, even if they have no direction or cause to do so. This seems to be the reason as to why Bob goes on murder sprees in the name of “progress.”
Aside from the book itself, Penn gives his background and why he may have been led to write this unconventional novel. Penn mentions his disgust for President Trump’s comments on Haiti. He also mentions his critique of the U.S. enforcing democracy on the world, as democracy has a dark side. He also talks of his friendship with the late Hugo Chavez, and his interview with el Chapo. It seems that Penn wants to make Americans aware of Democracy’s dark side, and he seems to have succeeded.