Peter Fonda apologizes for 'inappropriate and vulgar' Barron Trump tweet
Thanks to the freedom of speech, we can talk trash about every president. (Suck it, Warren G. Harding!) But it's generally agreed upon that we should leave the children out of it. Yes, they're in the public eye, but they're kids. They should be off-limits from political attacks.
But sometimes critics get so upset about a president that they go too far, and sling mud at their children. On Twitter, actor Peter Fonda went on ALL CAPS rant about President Trump's new "zero tolerance" immigration policy. As I'm sure you've heard, some 2,000 children have been cruelly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The images of children in cages and stories about families torn apart have been heartbreaking.
The president's inhumane border policy sparked massive outrage, and rightly so. However, that doesn't justify attacking 12-year-old Barron Trump. Peter Fonda tweeted, "WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER'S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES." (Yikes.)
The two-time Oscar nominee later deleted the tweet, but screenshots of his disturbing treat lived on. Donald Trump, Jr. rebuked Fonda on Twitter, stating, "You're clearly a sick individual" who behaves "like a bully and a coward. Melania Trump's spokeswoman responded to the remark as well, stating via email "The tweet is sick and irresponsible." She added that the Secret Service was notified.
On Wednesday, Peter Fonda, who is the brother of Jane Fonda, apologized for his 'vulgar and inappropriate' tweet.
"I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television.
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."
Despite the apology, Donald Trump Jr. and others have launched on online crusade to
Peter Fonda has a small role in the upcoming indie feature Boundaries. Due to his incendiary tweet, Donald Trump Jr. and others have launched an online crusade, arguing that he should get "the Roseanne treatment." (Roseanne Barr made a racist joke on Twitter, and ABC cancelled her sitcom.) In response, Sony Pictures said they are moving forward with the movie's release, although they condemn his remarks.
"Peter Fonda’s comments are abhorrent, reckless and dangerous, and we condemn them completely. It is important to note that Mr. Fonda plays a very minor role in the film.
To pull or alter this film at this point would unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project. We plan to open the film as scheduled this weekend, in a limited release of five theaters."
'Boundaries' is an apt title, considering the ongoing turmoil at U.S.-Mexico, and the fact Fonda grossly crossed the line. Yesterday President Trump issued an executive order stopping families from getting separated. Some critics are still furious, arguing that this isn't an adequate solution, and questioning how they will reunite the separated families. But no matter how upset you get, leave Barron out of it.