Jane Fonda Slams Brett Kavanaugh, Promotes #MeToo Movement on Capitol Hill
Hardly surprising from the famously liberal activist and actress — she also weighed in on other issues while meeting with press, lawmakers
Controversial activist and actress Jane Fonda took to Capitol Hill this week to discuss both the #MeToo movement and the #TimesUp movement with lawmakers and the press.
“We are here with the domestic workers and the women farmworkers, and, as has been said, these women, often women of color, often migrants, immigrants, are very, very vulnerable and they work in a very isolated way and their voices are not heard,” the 80-year-old actress said at a press conference on Thursday.
“Hollywood realized that we have the privilege of being able to stand alongside these most vulnerable women who don’t have privilege and whose voices are not heard and lend our support to that. We are like repeaters, those towers at the top of mountains that can pick up signals in the valley and spread them out wider.”
Fonda gathered with various other female activists and reportedly met with lawmakers like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sens. Patty Murray (D.-Wash.) and Cory Booker (D.-N.J.), as well as Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D.-Wash.).
Fonda revealed to the press that her goal was to highlight sexual harassment and misconduct dealt with in more industries than just Hollywood.
She also said that the #MeToo movement only kicked off because of the social status of those speaking up in the beginning.
“I am very aware of the fact that in the beginning, this happened the way it did because the women who were speaking out were white, and they were famous,” she said, according to Variety.
Fonda also said she believes Hollywood celebrities are not in a unique position to represent the plight of working-class Americans.
“I think that there is a beautiful synergy that is happening now with celebrities in Hollywood being able to learn about the realities of working women who are far more vulnerable than we are, and this is going to be ongoing,” she said. “This isn’t something that is going to peter out. This is not a moment. It is a movement.”
Of course, Fonda’s ringing of the bells of togetherness didn’t last long — she attacked President Donald Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court the first chance she got at the press conference.
“Women’s rights, worker’s rights, will be shunted to the side, and that is just the beginning.”
She said Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court would be a “catastrophe, frankly, if this nomination goes through — for everyone, for our children and unfortunately our grandchildren. But women’s rights, worker’s rights, will be shunted to the side, and that is just the beginning.”
If celebrities like Jane Fonda truly want to represent working-class America and tackle the very real issues of sexual misconduct and more, then they need to take off their blinders and stop writing off the views of millions of Americans.