Jane Fonda really caused an uproar when she made the wild accusation that “racism” and “misogyny” causes the “climate crisis.” Tucker Carlson couldn’t stop laughing when he roasted her remarks during his primetime news show.
Jane Fonda has declared that the current “climate crisis” is a result of racism and misogyny, saying in an interview that “everything’s connected.” Speaking on NBC’s The Kelly Clarkson Show, the 9 to 5 star offered her theory on climate and race.
“Well, you know, you can take anything -– sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, whatever, the war, and if you really get into it, and study it and learn about it and the history of it and — everything’s connected. There’d be no climate crisis if it wasn’t for racism,” she said. When asked to elaborate, Fonda replied, “Where would they put the sh*t?”
“Where would they put the poison and the pollution?” Fonda continued. “They’re not gonna put it in Bel Air. They’ve got to find someplace where poor people or indigenous people or people of color are living. Put it there. They can’t fight back. And that’s why a big part of the climate movement now has to do with climate justice.”
This isn’t the first time Fonda has linked racism with the climate. In a December 2022 appearance on MSNBC’s The Beat, the two-time Oscar winner said that racist and misogynistic “mindsets” are causing the “climate crisis.” Tucker Carlson couldn’t ignore her remarks. “Oh, the climate crisis!” the Fox News host said. “The climate’s not natural, it’s not the glaciers. You’re causing it. How are we causing that? Well, Jane Fonda’s thought a lot about that topic, and here’s her conclusion.”
Carlson then plays a clip of the veteran actress’s interview on MSNBC. “If there were no racism there’d be no climate crisis,” Fonda declared. “If there was no misogyny there’d be no climate crisis. It’s part of a mindset. The mindset that looks at a woman and says ‘nice t*ts.'” Tucker bursts into laughter, saying, “In other words, my ex-husbands cause climate change! In addition to everything else…it’s all about her.”
Fonda’s climate activism began in earnest in 2019 when she led a series of protests in Washington D.C., including one where she was arrested on Capitol Hill. She has since organized “Firedrill Fridays” — a series of in-person and virtual climate protests that recruit Hollywood celebrities to champion her cause. Celebrities who have joined Fonda in her climate protests include Sally Field, Sam Waterston, Rosanna Arquette, and Joaquin Phoenix.
Fonda also believes we only have until 2030 to cut our fossil fuel emissions before the “point of no return,” stating: “I’ve never been afraid to stand up to politicians who ignore the realities of what’s at stake. Scientists have been very clear: We have to cut our fossil fuel emissions in half by 2030,” she said. “That’s just four election cycles — before the point of no return. And there’s no question that the obstacle between saving the planet and not is the money that has a stranglehold on our politicians.”
Most Americans remember Jane Fonda’s controversial activism during the Vietnam War. The Oscar-winning actress said prior to traveling to Vietnam in 1972, she didn’t see much purpose in her life. “Prior to me becoming an anti-war activist, I had lived a meaningless life,” she said. “So when I decided to throw my head in with the anti-war movement, everything changed.”
She then detailed her regret over posing on an anti-aircraft gun, which led her to be nicknamed “Hanoi Jane” and many accused her of treason. “I am proud I went to Vietnam when I did. I am so sorry that I was thoughtless enough to sit down on that gun at that time and the message that that sends to the guys who were there and their families – it’s just horrible for me to think of that.”
She admitted she knew little about the war before she encountered some American soldiers in France who enlightened her. “I didn’t like it that there were men in France that knew better than I did… I said, ‘I feel betrayed by this country’s leadership. We’ve been lied to, and I want to do anything I can to expose that.’” Fonda’s brand of activism rubs some Americans the wrong way and is another reason why Hollywood celebrities are alienating a portion of their audience in middle America.