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“Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” and Sean Penn’s View of America

This spring, Senn Penn sat down with Trevor Noah of the Daily Dhow, and with Vogue Magazine from his house in Los Angeles. He discussed his new book, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” which Noah described as hard to define, but strangely relatable to the current state of affairs in the United States. Penn said that the book was meant to discuss “the dark side of human nature” in which humans can be drawn to fascist trends. The book is about Bob Honey, an angry American with an ex-wife, and a fascinating side job – he wields a mallet and kills older people with it. Bob feels that these people are standing in the way of progress and this is the necessary step.

Penn tells Vogue that this plot has themes that seem to run parallel to the #METOO movement, and the story seems to generally run parallel to American current events. For example, Bob witnesses the election of the president in 2016, and even later writes an angry letter to him, saying he is unfit for office. Penn explained to Noah that the idea of the book is to discuss how certain Americans feel a desire to serve their country, and at times they have to cause or purpose to do so. Bob may symbolize this, and his murder sprees may be his service to “progress.”

Aside from just discussing the book, Penn talks of having no intention to return to acting. He also tells Noah of his anger at Trump for his comments about Haiti. He also talks about his unlikely friendship with Hugo Chavez, where he includes a criticism of the U.S. always trying to export democracy. Penn also mentions his opposition to the war on drugs, and his belief that interviewing El Chapo was the only way to get a true understanding of the issue. In general, the book seems to be a culmination of Penn’s critiques of U.S. policy and actions.