To be a poet, or not to be? That is the question.
On Wednesday, Sean Penn’s new book, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, was released, and the reviews are not pretty. On Tuesday, Claire Fallon from the Huffington Post described the book as “an exercise in ass-showing, a 160-page self-own.”
But why? Twitter might argue that it’s because of the six-page poem he includes about the #MeToo movement. Penn references a few of the men who have been recently accused of sexual misconduct, such as Louis C.K. and Charlie Rose.
This Twitter user might say that you don’t need to read poetry on the reg to recognize that.
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) March 27, 2018
Penn was also critiqued on the quality of the poem itself.
I have a PhD in poetry and would like to say that Sean Penn's poem is terrible in form as well as content pic.twitter.com/w0kzYe6BbG
— Jacquelyn Ardam (@jaxwendy) March 27, 2018
And many addressed his personal history of alleged sexual misconduct with ex-wife Madonna.
— Cher (@thecherness) March 20, 2018
while ya’ll joke tweeting about crazy ol sean penn, don’t forget his well-documented history of abuse & violent behavior thanks!
— SalesOnFilm (@salesonfilm) March 28, 2018
This guy took it upon himself to rewrite Penn’s “sexist” poem — non-politely asking him to keep his mouth shut.
I rewrote Sean Penn's sexist #MeToo poem:
Though this whiny man
Thinks it's brave to talk and talk
Penn's derivative literary dreams
Ensure he's a heinous hypocrite
Who needs to shut the F up.
— Jason Sanford (@jasonsanford) March 28, 2018
Do you think Penn will comment on the reviews on his poem?
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