For some people, a public battle between Megyn Kelly and Jane Fonda is going to be one of those situations where the only thing to do is pop some popcorn and root for injuries. Personally, I’m a lot less fond of Fonda than I am of Kelly so but your mileage may vary.
As Kelly explains in this segment, Fonda appeared on her show back in September to promote a film. Kelly decided to ask her about plastic surgery, something Fonda has talked about in the media several times over the years. Fonda took offense and then made the rounds trashing Kelly for asking the question. Last week, Fonda was on the Today show again, this time with Lily Tomlin. When Tomlin said something about a facelift, Fonda replied, “Who are you, Megyn Kelly?”
Apparently, being made the butt of a joke on her own network was the last straw for Kelly who comes out swinging in this clip. “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. She added, “After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage. Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war. Many of our veterans still call her Hanoi Jane thanks to her radio broadcast which attempted to shame Americans troops.
“She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our American pilots. She called our POW’s 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 rest of it.”
Kelly closes the segment saying, “She has no business lecturing anyone on what is offensive.”
Jane Fonda is Hollywood royalty for her family name, for her own films, and of course for her far left politics. You rarely if ever see someone on a network show attacking the Hollywood elite this way. Oh, sure, hosts on Fox might make vague references to Hollywood in general, but calling someone out by name and blasting them on NBC is something that doesn’t happen.
I suspect there is going to be a strong reaction to this, partly because Fonda is royalty and partly because there are a lot of other progressives in Hollywood who can envision being in the hot seat, i.e. being called out for their politics. Just imagine if this were to be normalized and people like Mark Ruffalo and Shailene Woodley were actually put on the defensive when they showed up to promote a film aimed at teenagers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone organize a full-scale Hollywood boycott of Kelly’s show after this.
Hollywood’s image and morale has taken a major hit from the sexual assault scandals but here’s a moment to rally the left around the cause they care about most: maintaining their cultural power. Hollywood stars don’t accept correction from former Fox News hosts, they give it. That is the natural order of things as far as Hollywood is concerned. One way or another I suspect they’ll let Kelly know it.