Friday's HOT MIC
From The Wrap:
During an appearance on MSNBC, Jane Fonda said it’s “too bad” that it took the “famous and white” Harvey Weinstein accusers to finally call attention to sexual harassment in the workplace.
“It feels like something has shifted,” the actress said on “All In With Chris Hayes” on Wednesday. “It’s too bad that it’s probably because so many of the women that were assaulted by Harvey Weinstein are famous and white and everybody knows them.”
“This has been going on a long time to black women and other women of color and it doesn’t get out quite the same,” said Fonda, who was appearing on the show alongside her “Women’s Media Center” co-founder Gloria Steinem.
I thought what we've learned in the past few weeks is that this has been happening to a lot of women in Hollywood for a long time. Racial posturing in the hands of a white liberal always goes awry. What's important is that the public is finally being made aware of how long this horrific behavior has been going on, and that it's not just Weinstein who's at fault. Fonda is a small-minded woman whose political instincts have never been good, so it isn't surprising that she's found a way to be dismissive of Weinstein's victims. There is an inherent condescension in white liberalism when it addresses matters of race. Fonda is trying to give herself some racial avenger credibility here and nothing more. In doing so, she's being disrespectful to Weinstein's white victims and behaving as if women of color can't speak up for themselves.