Sean Penn has always had outspoken political views, and this march he released a book called “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. Sitting down for interviews with Trevor Noah, of the daily show, and Vogue Magazine, Penn describes his book which he calls a strange metaphor for the current state of American affairs. Penn tells Noah that the book talks about the “dark nature of humans” and their fascination with fascism. He mentions that he feels that democracy can easily fall into fascism and he worries that is currently happening in the United States. The book talks about Bob Honey, an angry American, who in his free time murders older citizens with a mallet. He believes that these people stand in the way of progress.
Though Trevor Noah believes this book is hard to describe due to its satirical look and absurd plot, there appear to be societal takes that Penn is looking to investigate. During the book’s first chapter, Bob witnesses the presidential election of 2016, and even writes an angry letter to the President, telling him that he is truly unfit for public office. Bob Honey Who Just do Stuff has received mixed reviews but Penn’s interview clarify his intentions to write the book. Penn says that Bob is created to describe the feeling some Americans have, that they are compelled to serve their country but lack direction and cause in doing so. This could describe why Bob goes on mallet wielding sprees for the sake of “progress.”
Aside from just discussing the book, Penn gives both Vogue and Noah a background on where his views came from. He talks about his anger towards Trump, when the president said harsh words towards Haiti and other third world countries. He also discusses his friendship with Hugo Chavez, discussing American’s role in the world, and his contempt of democracy being enforced elsewhere. Penn even brings up the war on drugs, and the death toll it has caused. He feels that his interview with El Chapo was important in learning more about it. From these interviews, it seems clear that Penn stepped away from film, to discuss his anger with the U.S., and Bob was a perfect symbol of it.