Critics are panning the new novel by noted actor Sean Penn, specifically because of a six-page critique of the #MeToo movement. So far comments made in those six pages have irked the New York Times, Rolling Stone magazine, and an army of angry social media posters. The actor shows little care for the tub of hot water he floats in. In fact Sean Penn is enjoying his foray into the literary world so much he wants to stay awhile. As for the backlash, he assures all effected parties that is just a satire.
Sean Penn is well-known for many things. He is a celebrated actor, a talented director, and an accomplished correspondent. He is no stranger to headlines, and his political activism is no surprise to anyone. Over the years he has become disenchanted with film, a condition many actors/actresses go through. Now he has decided to join a list of fellow performers who dallied in the land of fiction. His first attempt is called Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, and is unconventional romp through a patch of artsy insanity. The story follows a disgruntled septic tank salesman named Bob Honey, who takes out his political frustration by whacking old people in the head with a hammer. The plot is that he becomes an assassin, who targets old people to lessen the population. It has many satirical element within it, and the author definitely uses it to proclaim his personal feelings. Naturally, being Sean Penn, the Trump administration is the subject of much scrutiny. But Penn also takes aim at #MeToo.
In the book Penn compares the movement with adolescent squabbles on a playground. He compares the #MeToo’s platform to bullying, and basically states that they are hurting the cause. He believes that their actions will not change anything, but rather cause relapse. In his book he calls them warrior women.
Penn notes that most of what is said takes a shot at individualism, and the value people put on “we”. He claims that readers will take away what they want. So far a good number are taking home his book.