Sean Penn has been in the news recently for two things: his latest book which came out, as well as his appearances on Late Night television where he talked about his most recent work, past relationships, and what it’s like to take Ambien to make it through a red-eye flight.
However, for the first time in recent weeks, Penn is coming under fire for a poem he wrote in the book, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. The 57-year-old Academy Award-winner published his new book, and in it, there lies a poem regarding the #MeToo movement.
Unfortunately, for Penn, Hollywood is now attacking him for his art. Page Six reports that his poem refers to the movement as “infantilizing” and “reckless child’s play,” in addition to labeling it as a “crusade” for toddlers.
Clearly, the author does not seem to support the ethics of the movement. Penn references the allegations against the former host, Charlie Rose, who lost his job because of claims of sexual impropriety.
Back in November of 2017, CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg got rid of Charlie Rose for multiple charges of sexual harassment, including walking around women naked.
— Cher (@thecherness) March 20, 2018
Rose released an apology where he admitted some mistakes, however, some of the allegations were inaccurate, said the former reporter. In Penn’s poem, he writes that it wasn’t necessary to kick him out of his position.
One person who criticized Penn was the legendary singer, Cher, who took to Twitter to lambast the star. Moreover, journalists writing for The Huffington Post, including Claire Fallon, criticized Penn’s novel and said a majority of it was “wildly offensive,” and frequently makes women the butt of jokes.
Despite Claire’s best intentions, Penn’s book is getting press, and her negative review of it will probably contribute to its ability to sell.