As many people know by now, actor Peter Fonda has a vile history of threatening violence against women and children on Twitter.
His latest threat was lobbed at 12-year-old Barron Trump. In protest of the treatment of illegal immigrant families, the “Easy Rider” actor said young Barron should be ripped from his mother’s arms and locked in a cage with pedophiles.
“WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL [SIC] STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT A****** SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. F***,” the recent tweet read.
After receiving immediate backlash for that on social media and elsewhere — and hearing of his tweet’s being passed along to the Secret Service — Fonda apologized through a public statement late Wednesday night.
“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” the 78-year-old performer said. “Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.”
Sony Pictures Classics, which is releasing a film called “Boundaries” with Fonda this year, also released a statement calling Fonda’s tweet “abhorrent, reckless and dangerous.”
The studio also said that despite its objections to Fonda’s words, it would be releasing “Boundaries” as planned.
“Peter Fonda’s comments are abhorrent, reckless and dangerous, and we condemn them completely. It is important to note that Mr. Fonda plays a very minor role in the film,” the studio said. “To pull or alter this film at this point would unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project. We plan to open the film as scheduled this weekend, in a limited release of five theaters.”
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The decision has not gone down well with at least one person: Donald Trump Jr.
He was one of the first to point out that Sony was releasing a Fonda movie after the actor threatened his younger brother. Then after reading the studio’s statement, Trump Jr. tweeted this:
So @iamfonda can suggest kidnapping and putting a child in a cage with pedophiles and @sonyclassics won’t do anything! I guess that’s ok if you’re a liberal. If you’re a conservative you’d face real consequences. Great work @SonyPictures. Let them know your thoughts? https://t.co/O5fBcRmq97
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 21, 2018
Trump Jr. is right about conservatives’ facing real consequences while liberals simply get a pass. Just look at Roseanne Barr. The actress apologized for what was deemed a racist joke on Twitter, and her television show was still canceled. Meanwhile, people like late-night host Samantha Bee can throw out empty apologies for misogynistic attacks on conservative women — and their careers are just fine.
Maybe Fonda’s words aren’t enough to cancel the release of a movie, but the reaction to them is definitely enough to show that once again the bias against conservatives in Hollywood is clear.