Jane Fonda told CNN’s Christianne Amanpour speaking out on The New York Times and The New Yorker reports that resulted in Harvey Weinstein being drummed out of his company (and kicked out of the Academy of Arts and Sciences)
“I’m glad it’s coming out. I’m so proud of those fellow actors that are speaking up and I know that it’s taken a long time.
It’s a very, very, very, hard thing to do. You don’t get anything out of it, as the person who has been victimized. But it’s important that it come out.”
But Fonda cautioned against characterizing Weinstein’s years-long abuse as being “some unique, horrific” case, saying,
“this goes on all the time.
It’s this male entitlement – in Hollywood and everywhere, in offices and businesses all over the world. In bars, in restaurants, in stores, women are assaulted, abused, harassed and seen for just being sexual objects, there for a man’s desire instead of as whole human beings.”
Fonda said she met Harvey Weinstein but
“only… when I was old. And Harvey goes for young, because that’s more vulnerable, you know. But it’s very, very common. Bill Cosby, you know, another example of Hollywood.
“This is not unique. This goes on at the most horrendous high levels.
I mean Donald Trump is — we have a man who is president who does these things. And what kind of a message does that say? Unfortunately, that counteracts a lot of the good that we’re doing. Because a lot of men see, well, our president does it and he got elected, even after people discovered that he was an abuser so I’m just going to go ahead and do what I want to do.
It’s unacceptable and we can’t ever forget that and we have to stand up to them.””
Amanpour airs weekdays at 2 PM ET and 5 PM ET on CNN International.
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