Twitter is dragging Sean Penn over a passage from his novel 'Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.'

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Sean Penn’s new book includes a terrible poem—and Twitter is dragging him

'This is very bad, and he should feel bad.'


Kris Seavers


Published Mar 27, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 8:21 pm CDT

In a brutal takedown of Sean Penn’s new novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, Huffington Post critic Claire Fallon generously shared enough excruciating excerpts from the book to convince anyone that they don’t need to read it.

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One Penn passage in particular—a poem—caught Twitter’s attention. People immediately dragged the actor-turned-penman for his lyrical take on the #MeToo movement.

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It took some time for it to sink in that the poem was real.

But once the shock and denial cleared, people commenced with some literary criticism.

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If Penn is capable of this poem, Twitter thought, what else is he capable of?

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Fortunately, one person on Twitter came forward with an anecdote—the perfect antidote to Penn’s poetic license.

Penn once won an Oscar, had a brief stint with journalism, and has been accused of abusing Madonna, his ex-wife. He’s now making rounds on talk shows and smoking cigarettes to promote Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, as writers do.

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*First Published: Mar 27, 2018, 11:21 pm CDT