This March, Sean Penn released his new book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” and he sat down with Trevor Noah and Vogue Magazine to discuss the book. Penn told Noah that the book basically wants to look at the “dark side of human nature” in which humans can easily find an interesting fascination to fascism. In the interviews, Penn talks about his anger towards certain American policies and this seems to reflect in the book. The main character is Bob Honey, an angry American, who has a side job of killing older Americans with a hatchet. He feels that the people he kills are standing in the way of progress and change.
Penn told Vogue that the books draws parallels to the #METOO movement, and this seems clear when the reader sees Bob witness current events. For example, Bob talks of seeing the 2016 Presidential election, and later on in the book he even writes an angry letter to the elected president of the U.S., telling him that he is not fit for public office. The similarities in this part are clear. Penn tells Noah that the book is meant to talk about peoples feeling of a need to serve their country and to help the country, even if their purpose or direction is misguided. This seems to be the reason as to why Bob is killing seniors, in the name of “progress.”
Aside from these issues in the book, Penn gives a background to reasons as to why he wrote the book. He talks about his anger towards president Trump’s actions and talk towards Haiti. He also brings up his close friendship with the late Hugo Chavez, and how he feels that democracy is not always the best in the world. He ends up by bringing up his interview with el Chapo and how he doesn’t support the war on drugs.