[Editor’s note: Make sure to read Joseph Klein’s masterpiece contributions in Jamie Glazov’s new book: Barack Obama’s True Legacy: How He Transformed America.]
Jane Fonda used her appearance at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to charge that racism and patriarchy are the causes of climate change. Jane Fonda is still the left-wing extremist she was during the Vietnam War when she was photographed on a North Vietnamese 37mm gun mount and served as a shill for the enemy back then.
“It’s good for us all to realize, there would be no climate crisis if there was no racism,” Hanoi Jane proclaimed at the film festival. “There would be no climate crisis if there was no patriarchy. A mindset that sees things in a hierarchical way. White men are the things that matter and then everything else [is] at the bottom.”
“We have to arrest and jail those men,” Fonda demanded.
What about the women (biological and trans) and people of color who drive or take public transportation, fly, use electricity, and heat their homes – all with fossil fuels? Do they have immunity from punishment under Hanoi Jane’s rules because they belong to politically correct identity groups? And how do the cows that produce methane gas emitted into the atmosphere fit in with her racism-patriarchy paradigm?
How does Jane Fonda justify her own large carbon footprints left from maintaining her former Beverly Hills mansion and the 6,679-square-foot townhouse that she reportedly bought recently for $5.45 million? Or the carbon footprints left from all the flights that Fonda has taken to attend climate change protests and get herself arrested while acting the part of a revolutionary with her celebrity friends? This hypocrite even agreed to accept, in her words, “quite a bit of money” from 90-year-old Austrian building tycoon Richard Lugner for accompanying him to the Vienna Opera Ball sponsored by Austrian oil and gas company OMV.
In her July 2, 2020 blog, entitled “White Supremacy and the Climate Crisis,” Jane Fonda argued that “the control that the fossil fuel industry has over our economy and our government is in a league with colonization in terms of damage to living things and their life support systems.” She then linked colonization directly with white supremacy.
“Colonialism was possible because of white supremacy,” Fonda declared.
“So today, let us commit to freeing ourselves, our country and its institutions from white supremacy, the enabler of climate destruction. And let us all work to truly understand why the two are inseparable.”
Hanoi Jane conveniently ignored the fact that China, which is certainly not run by white men, is by far the largest emitter of greenhouse gases today.
Consistent with her linkage of climate change to white supremacy, Jane Fonda embraces critical race theory. “Because we’re white, we have had privilege,” she said. “Even the poorest of us have had privilege. We need to recognize that, and we have to understand what it is that keeps racism in place: the policies,” she added.
In May of 2018, Fonda delivered a fieryspeech at the United State of Women conference in Los Angeles after which she introduced Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and self-described Marxist. Ms. Cullors would later find herself in hot water over allegations that she used money donated to BLM for personal purposes and for questionable payments to family members.
Fonda regurgitated the critical race theory mantra: “Institutionalized slavery stained our Republic’s founding, and systemic racism still saturates its soul.”
Hanoi Jane is also a self-declared socialist. “If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would someday become communist,” she told college students decades ago. “I, a socialist, think that we should strive toward a socialist society, all the way to communism.”
“I am not a do-gooder. I am a revolutionary. A revolutionary woman,” Fonda proclaimed in 1972.
This socialist-cum-revolutionary has done quite well for herself. Hanoi Jane’s net worth in 2023 is estimated to be $200 million.
Indeed, Jane Fonda has lived the privileged life that few people – whites included – will ever know. She was born into privilege. The daughter of iconic movie star Henry Fonda had a big head start in her acting career over other aspiring actresses, leading to a highly lucrative Hollywood career. This anti-capitalist’s fitness empire made multi-million-dollars in profits. And Fonda’s ten-year marriage to billionaire Ted Turner, and the settlement she received of somewhere between $70 to $100 million in stocks and a 2,500-acre ranch when she divorced him in 2001, augmented her luxurious lifestyle.
When elitest Jane Fonda was asked how to respond to Republicans who question what celebrities like her are doing to reduce their own carbon footprints as they advocate for the climate, Fonda replied: “That’s what the right wing does. They turn it back on individuals.”
Jane Fonda prefers to turn climate change, and every other major problem in society, back on the white males whom she wants as a group arrested and jailed. Like other left-wing extremists, she views the world in terms of group identities, not individuals who are their own unique persons apart from their race, gender, or ethnicity.
Putting the individual first, not an all-powerful, collectivist state, is a core value for most Americans. But not for Hanoi Jane, who thinks that “we should strive toward a socialist society, all the way to communism.”