In today’s culture everything is controversial. One cannot fart in public without catching flack on some social media outlet about it. Sean Penn has been no stranger to controversy. His illustrious career as a professional actor has placed him in the spotlight more than once. But for once that spotlight is not focused on his actor side, but his novelist side.
Stating a loss of passion as the cause, Penn declared in numerous interviews that he is retired. The actor, who has been active for decades, decided to turn to the literary world. His first novel is called, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”, and it centers on septic tank salesman Bob Honey. Honey is a man with a secret, he leads a double life and moonlights as a contract killer for the U.S. government. The book has garnered attention because of a controversial statement made about the #MeToo movement. In a poem that serves as the book’s epilogue, Penn compares the movement to a toddler tirade. He also seem to defend Louis C.K, and Charlie Rose. Penn has since clarified that his statement is not against the subject of the #MeToo movement, but against movements in general. It speaks out against divisionism. He has offered no apology however, and does not believe he needs to.
According to Penn the book is not an opinion piece but a satire, one that comments on many things within its chapters. The book has been rebuked and applauded by numerous critics, with some saying it is a breath of fresh air, and some remarking that Penn should go back to acting. So far it seems to be doing well, and Penn has plans to write more. The actor is currently touring and promoting Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, and has stated he enjoys writing way more than acting. He has not made any further comments about the controversy, but then again give it five minutes and society will be complaining about something else. For now the only opinion that matters is the reader, and they will walk away with whatever they decide to see.
Read the full interview here: