Beneath the Veil of “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”

Some associate Sean Penn’s novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” as a literary piece of art. The novel explores modern social and political issues through the adventurous life of the main character Bob Honey. “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” has been widely recognized for a writing style that deliberately defies reason using uncommon descriptive words that juxtapose metaphorical satire. Unsurprisingly, Penn makes it easy to uncover the social issues he finds worthy of further exploration. Much like a surrealists’ approach which aims to revolutionize the human experience, in “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”, Sean Penn often confronted the harsh realities plaguing society through the veil of a collection of carefully crafted stories.


Throughout the novel, Bob Honey figuratively experiences situations which address issues such as violence, humanitarianism, mental health, internet rights and security, environmental responsibility, and women’s rights. For instance, as a contract assassin Bob Honey’s side gig was to target and kill elderly individuals whose overuse of resources were flagged by the government. However, Bob should not be viewed as a mere killer but rather a governmental tool used to protect natural resources. While much of the novel is written using covert metaphors, Penn has received mixed reviews about his candid approach in referencing the #MeToo movement. In a recent interview, Penn stated that while the novel addressed the #MeToo movement, depending on how one reads it, there is an encouragement for any movement that is going to create social equality to succeed. Penn further noted, that “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” takes on the challenge of advocating for inclusion rather than divisiveness.


In most parts of the novel, some suggests that Bob Honey’s character resonates with left-sided political values which are expressed through his frustration with obvious social and political problems. However, Penn’s criticism against the #MeToo movement has not proven confrontational. According to his interview with Vogue, Penn alluded to the notion that parallel movements created for social equality should not lead to division. It’s been stated, that Sean Penn’s stance on women empowerment and protection against work-place harassment does not negate his stance on due process of the law.