Apparently being an Oscar winning actor is not enough for Sean Penn. He’s taking the literary world by storm with his new fascinating fiction story “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. In this novel he gives his outlook on world affairs by using his quirky, controversial, and intentionally confusing opinion through the character Bob Honey. Honey is not afraid to speak and act on matters regarding the Trump administration, the #metoo movement, and the fact that almost nothing seems to be real until it has been tweeted.
With chapter titles such as ‘Seeking Homeostasis in Inherent Hypocrisy’ it seems to be the voice of what many see as the state of our political system. “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” has captured the attention of many celebrities including Sarah Silverman who states “Whether it’s your cuppa tea is something I cannot know. But sweet Jesus it was mine.”
In regards to the #metoo movement “Bob Honey Just Do Stuff” shines light on the fact that it could be downplaying the serious nature of sexual harassment. Rather than throw out hashtags on social media in a childish fashion. Would it be better to put these statements in a place where real action could be taken?
Honey’s occupation could be what lends himself to his vast opinion on world affairs. From selling septic tanks to Jehovah’s Witnesses (a religion known for their neutral stance on political affairs) to arranging pyrotechnic displays for foreign dictators.
Penn has touched on the notion that the movie industry is not the market right now for such a piece. He makes the valid point that on a good day, discussion of a good movie may last two weeks. Whereas one could argue that a novel requires more investment and thus provokes more thought. “Bob Honey Just Do Stuff” seems to be a place for imagination to run rampant and humor to help aid the sting of our current state.