Easy Rider star Peter Fonda admits he may have gone “way too far” with a recent tweet in which he called for President Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron to be caged with pedophiles because of his father’s government’s immigration policies.
“We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will stand up against the massive giant asshole she is married to,” Fonda wrote in capital letters in his tweet, which he later deleted.
After Twitter had a collective meltdown, the ’60s icon decided to it might be in his best interest to apologize.
“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” Fonda said in a statement to USA Today. “Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.”
Melania Trump’s spokeswoman called the tweet “sick and irresponsible” while Barron’s half-brother Donald Trump Jr. challenged Fonda to bully someone bigger.
I didn’t think it was possible but @iamfonda found a way to be as disgusting as his sister Jane was when she stood with the enemy in Vietnam.
Doesn’t get more vile than wishing for a young boy to be raped by pedophiles.
There’s a special place in hell…
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 20, 2018
There was also a growing outcry calling for Sony Pictures to edit Fonda out of the new film Boundaries, which is opening in limited release on Friday.
But while Sony Pictures Classics called Fonda’s tweet “abhorrent, reckless and dangerous,” they said they wouldn’t pull or alter the film because Fonda has a “very minor role.” Such a change would penalize everyone who worked on the film, the company said.
(via HuffPo; photo: Pacific Coast News)