Say what you will about Megyn Kelly, but she isn’t afraid to call someone out on their hypocrisy – and that includes Jane Fonda.
Most are probably aware of the now-viral interview Kelly had with actress Jane Fonda in September of last year. In the interview, Fonda snapped at Kelly for asking about her plastic surgery. Kelly herself had not commented publicly on the interview until now, and she slammed Fonda for her hypocrisy and “moral indignation,” especially given her controversial past.
First, Kelly criticized Fonda for being offended over the plastic surgery question, pointing out that the 80-year-old actress has openly talked about her facelifts in other recent interviews. Some have speculated that Fonda’s cantankerous attitude was due to Kelly’s history with Fox News, where she often blasted liberals. Fonda was once married to CNN founder Ted Turner.
Kelly then unloaded on Fonda. Saying that Fonda is a “woman whose name is synonymous with outrage,” Kelly said “the moral indignation is a little much.” She then began reminding everyone about the things Fonda did to our troops during the Vietnam War, saying Fonda has no business playing the victim over a plastic surgery question when her past actions against the troops show no concern about controversy.
“Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war. Many of our veterans still call her Hanoi Jane thanks to her radio broadcasts, which attempted to shame American troops. She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our American pilots,” Kelly said. “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 rest of it.”
Kelly’s comments on Fonda’s traitorous Vietnam actions garnered applause from the audience, who openly took Megyn’s side. She finished her comments by stating “she (Fonda) has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”
E! reports on Kelly’s comments.
“Now a word on Jane Fonda who appears to be fixated on an exchange I had with her months ago on this show,” Kelly began on Monday’s segment. It was during that exchange in September that the host asked the Grace & Frankie star about her past plastic surgery. “I read that you said you felt you’re not proud to admit that you’ve had work done. Why not?” she broached the subject at the time. “We really want to talk about that now?” Fonda retorted.
“Good attitude, good posture, I take care of myself. But let me tell you why I love this movie that we did, Our Souls at Night, rather than plastic surgery,” she answered, pivoting away from the topic.
Now, Kelly wanted to share her reasoning for the question. “When she first complained publicly after the program and repeatedly, I chose to say nothing as my general philosophy is what other people think of me is none of my business,” she quipped. “However, Fonda was at it again last week including here on NBC and then again elsewhere, so it’s time to address the ‘poor me’ routine.”
As Kelly continued, seemingly uninterested in mincing words, “First, some context. Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. For years she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women. Well, 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. Fonda herself knows this. She knows this and that is why, to her credit, she has discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show.” The show then aired a montage of clips of Fonda discussing her plastic surgery to various outlets and her reasoning for it.
“Apparently, when she came here, however, again to promote her film about aging, I was supposed to discern that this subject was suddenly off-limits,” Kelly continued. “Look, I gave her the chance to empower other women, young and old, on a subject which she purports to know well and she rejected it. That’s ok, but 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. After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage.”
“By the way—she says she is not proud of America,” Kelly added on her show, referring to an interview Fonda gave to the BBC in October 2017 during which she was asked if she is proud of America today. “No! But, I’m proud of the resistance,” Fonda answered Stephen Sackur at the time. “I’m proud of the people who are turning out in unprecedented numbers and continue and continue over and over and over again to protest what Trump is doing. I’m very proud of them, that core.”
Kelly said in conclusion, “So, the moral indignation is a little much. She put her plastic surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America and honestly she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”
Here is the video featuring the comments by Megyn Kelly.