It’s not just Megyn Kelly vs. Jane Fonda anymore. Fonda’s allies in the mainstream media have stepped in to defend her.
After Kelly provided a strident coda to her earlier interview with Fonda, Seth Abramovitch, a writer for the Hollywood Reporter, said: “Jane Fonda is a feminist icon, an artistic genius, an exercise mogul, a national treasure. Megyn Kelly is famous for assuring children on a 10 p.m. cable news broadcast that Santa Claus is white.”
Writer David Harsanyi responded on Twitter that, “She celebrated with the enemy while Americans were being tortured only a few hundred yards away.”
The fracas began in September, when Fonda and Robert Redford went on Kelly’s show to promote their movie, “Our Souls at Night.”
Kelly asked Fonda about how to age beautifully.
“I read that you said that you felt you’re not proud to admit you’ve had work done,” Kelly said. “Why not?”
“We really want to talk about that now?” Fonda shot back, then directed the conversation back to the movie.
This past weekend, Fonda told Variety magazine she would appear on Kelly’s show again, but only if the host “learns her stuff.”
At that point, Kelly had had enough.
“Now, a word on Jane Fonda, who appears to be fixated on an exchange I had with her months ago on this show,” Kelly said. “It’s time to address the ‘poor me’ routine.
“For years she has spoken about the joy of giving a cultural face to older women. The truth is, most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. And if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women’s cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore.”
“I have no regrets about that question, nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate,” Kelly said on her show. “This is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage. Look at her treatment of military during the Vietnam War. Many of our veterans still call her ‘Hanoi Jane,’ thanks to her radio broadcast which attempted to shame American troops.
“She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our American pilots. She called our POWs hypocrites and liars and referred to their torture as ‘understandable.’ Even she had to apologize years later for that gun picture. But not for the reset of it. By the way, she says she is not proud of America. So, the moral indignation is a little much. She put her plastic surgery out there.”
“Jane Fonda is not about to be shamed for her choice to get plastic surgery,” it begins, even though Kelly was in no way trying to shame her for her choice. “On ‘Megyn Kelly Today,’ the former Fox anchor sat down with screen legends Jane Fonda and Robert Redford to discuss their upcoming film, ‘Our Souls at Night.’ Or at least that’s what the actors were told they’d be discussing. Instead, Kelly threw Fonda a curveball and asked the actress about something pretty off topic: her plastic surgery.”
The piece played the brief clip of Fonda saying, “We really want to talk about that?” on Kelly’s show, then further piled on.
“Fonda noted her ‘good attitude’ and ‘good posture’ as factors behind her appearance before redirecting the conversation to the topic at hand: her movie,” it stated. “Social media quickly jumped aboard Fonda’s bandwagon.”
It goes on to say that “later in their press-heavy day, they met with ET Canada, who asked them both how they felt about Kelly’s inappropriate question.” Never said is why it is inappropriate for a host from a variety news program to ask an actress about plastic surgery.
It is one thing to oppose a war; it is quite another to be photographed on the enemy’s anti-aircraft weapons.