“WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS”, the celebrity tweeted.
Last week I recounted all of the innocent women and children the US left publicly harassed in June and how this was contributing to a rapidly escalating political climate. That summary considered only examples of harassment in person, not indirect harassment over the internet, via which leftists also like to harass women and children related to people they don’t like.
On top of calling for President Trump’s 12-year-old son to be sexually abused by multiple men in all caps like a serial killer, the celebrity attempted to incite the doxxing of ICE agents to organise protests surrounding ICE agent’s children’s schools.
Fonda is a 78–year-old actor and son of successful actor Henry Fonda. Peter Fonda was considered a figure in the counter-culture of the 1960’s, but his name has waned in relevance in recent decades. Tweeting like a maniac about causing this President’s young son to be sexually abused is of course one way to get your otherwise rarely spoken name in the news, and Fonda conveniently had a movie coming out just a few days after this tweeting frenzy.
Commentators on the right were quick to point out the double standard applied. Could you imagine what would happen if a celebrity, in anger at Obama’s policies, had called for someone to cause harm to his daughters? Roseanne Barr had her entire show cancelled within hours of making a racist comment about the appearance of an Obama staff member. This of course has huge externalities, as the show was a the largest ratings hit ABC had seen in years, and of course created many jobs for cast and crew beyond Roseanne herself.
The Secret Service was reportedly alerted over the tweets, and Fonda has since deleted them and apologised. But a popular backlash had already grown against the movie and Sony Pictures took over a day to respond.
In a statement, the film distributor Sony Pictures Classics said, “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.”
The film appears to be bombing in both ratings and box office sales regardless.
Despite the incident, Fonda continues to use Twitter to mass market his brainless contributions to left-wing activism.
Happy Birthday to us. US. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY. Independence from a tyrant.
Think about that
E PLURIBUS UNUM
Think about THAT
— Peter Henry Fonda (@iamfonda) July 4, 2018
We live in a society
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