Sean Penn released his new book this march that is titled “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” The book is a satirical look at American democracy, and while absurd at times, it seems to pack a punch. In interviews with Trevor Noah and Vogue Magazine, Penn said that the goal of the book is to discuss the “dark side of human nature” in which humans can be pulled to dark and fascist tendencies. This seems interesting, as the main character is Bob Honey. Bob is an angry American, whose side job is wielding a mallet and killing older American citizens that he feels are standing in the way of progress.
Penn seems to brush through many of the current events over the last couple years. Bob witnesses the election of a new president in 2016 (the Landlord), and later even writes an angry letter to the president, telling him that he is not fit for the office. Penn told Vogue that he thinks his book lies on a similar plane to that of the #METOO movement. This seems interesting, as he tells Noah that Bob is supposed to resemble the desire many citizens have to serve their country, even if they are misguided or lacking a purpose. This is likely why Bob feels that he is helping progress by killing large amounts of these senior citizens.
Aside from the book, Penn talks in the interviews about his experiences over the last couple years. He begins by mentioning his anger at Trump’s comments on Haiti. He then discusses his unlikely friendship with Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez. In this part, he throws his criticism at the exportation of American democracy, and how other views can work better in different places. Penn wraps up the Noah interview by mentioning his distaste for the war on drugs, and how it has killed large amounts of people. He feels that interviewing el Chapo was crucial in his understanding of the war on drugs in Latin America.