Actress, activist, and philanthropist Jane Fonda has never been afraid of saying what's on her mind. In the 1970s, she was such a fierce proponent of anti-Vietnam War sentiment that she was nicknamed "Hanoi Jane" by the press and castigated by the United States government. A member of the Maryland state legislature even had this to say of her: "I wouldn’t want to kill her, but I wouldn’t mind if you cut her tongue off."
On Wednesday, Fonda and activist Gloria Steinem stopped by MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes" to discuss the Harvey Weinstein scandal.assaulted at least 58 women (to date), has opened the floodgates of sexual harassment claims across multiple industries and spurred the hashtag #Metoo to trend on social media.
Fonda had a very particular take on the Weinstein scandal and why it blossomed into such a massive media phenomenon.Fonda said, because the victims – excluding Lupita Nyong'o – "are famous and white and everybody knows them."
Fonda explained this to Hayes in greater detail.
While many people celebrated her words, some did not believe her.
.@Janefonda plays the race card. People Are Paying Attn. to Weinstein’s Accusers Because They’re ‘Famous and White… https://t.co/jUb64r8aEg— William Davis (@William Davis)1509083402.0
That being said, to put things in perspective, singer R. Kelly was recently accused of by his former girlfriend.
Yes. Notice how we are not talking about R. Kelly’s victims — non famous black women and girls. https://t.co/CNvAQaDN2Q— Karen Attiah (@Karen Attiah)1509070604.0