Actor Sean Penn enraged #MeToo proponents after a poem he wrote in his dystopian novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,” called the movement a “toddler’s crusade” that tramples due process.
In the poem, Penn also appeared to defend accused sexual harasser Charlie Rose and dissed the #MeToo movement as “infantilizing” and a “platform for accusation impunity.”
Penn already made headlines this week for his bizarre appearance on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” where he smoked a cigarette while confessing that he was still buzzed from the Ambien he took during a red-eye flight to New York (see video).
Penn’s debut novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,” drew largely negative reviews, punctuated by harsh criticism of his anti-MeToo poem, where he asked:
“Was it really in our interest/To trample Charlie Rose?/And what’s with this ‘Me Too’?/This infantilizing term of the day/Is this a toddler’s crusade?/Reducing rape, slut-shaming, and suffrage to reckless child’s play?/A platform for accusation impunity?/Due process has lost its sheen?”
Here’s the poem in its entirety:
Though warrior women
Bravely walk the walk,
Derivatives of disproportion
Draw heinous hypocrites
To their flock.
Where did all the laughs go?
Are you out there, Louis C.K.?
Once crucial conversations
Kept us on our toes;
Was it really in our interest
To trample Charlie Rose?
And what’s with this ‘Me Too’?
This infantilizing term of the day…
Is this a toddler’s crusade?
Reducing rape, slut-shaming, and suffrage to reckless child’s play?
A platform for accusation impunity?
Due process has lost its sheen?
But, f*ck it, what me worry?
I’m a hero,
To Time Magazine!
Sean Penn is an avowed leftist, but that didn’t spare him from the volcanic outrage of other liberals, who were furious that he appeared to defend accused sexual harasser Charlie Rose and jabbed at the #MeToo movement.
Just read that Sean Penn poem and I got to tell you I really wish I hadn't done that
— Jason (@longwall26) March 28, 2018
I just read Sean Penn’s poem and now I think I need a sick day…
— Maria 🌱🌸 #BlackLivesMatter (@mariamilal) March 28, 2018
My new theory is that Sean Penn wrote a deliberately laughable novel to distract attention from the more serious scandal of his poisonous #MeToo poem
— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) March 28, 2018
Penn’s novel received horrendous reviews, NME reported. “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” centers around Bob Honey, a “contract killer for an off-the-books program run by a branch of US intelligence that targets the elderly, the infirm, and others who drain this consumption-driven society of its resources.”
Predictably, the book took veiled digs at President Trump but was slammed for its nonsensical prose. The New York Times called it “a riddle wrapped in an enigma and cloaked in crazy” replete with “linguistic traffic jams.”
Similarly, the Huffington Post said Bob Honey was “an exercise in ass-showing, a 160-page self-own.” Twitter agreed on all counts.
Sean Penn has apparently matured from punching photographers in the face to punching readers in the face
— CeaseAndDesistHat (@Popehat) March 28, 2018
WOW. This Sean Penn novel is worse than I thought. pic.twitter.com/U8zhbleCO3
— The Author, Séamas O'Reilly (@shockproofbeats) March 28, 2018
The good thing about Sean Penn's novel is that it makes the novel I'm not working on look much better.
— Ern "every quiz needs a Columbo round" Malley (@GeoffShadbold) March 28, 2018
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