Jane Fonda thinks Harvey Weinstein’s accusers are bringing the most attention to sexual misconduct because they are “famous and white.”
The actress — who revealed she heard about Weinstein’s behavior one year ago and never spoke out — appeared on MSNBC’S “All In with Chris Hayes” on Wednesday with fellow activist Gloria Steinem where the pair discussed how women are treated by men in positions of power.
“It feels like something has shifted,” Fonda, 79, told Hayes of the slew of allegations coming out against Weinstein. “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.”
Jane Fonda spoke during an appearance with Gloria Steinem on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”
While more than 60 women have publicly accused the Hollywood film producer of sexual harassment, assault and even rape, only a handful of those are women of color, including Lupita Nyong’o and Vu Thu Phuong.
Fonda did state “so many” of the accusers were white — not particularly singling out that no women of color have made allegations against Weinstein.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
She also made the point that since the women were such well-known names and in the spotlight, the stories garnered more media attention.
“I think it’s so huge this story and so much is coming out that shows that it went on for so long,” Fonda explained. “It’s made a big difference that women have come forward. Hopefully it’s like a domino effect.”
Fonda said “so many of the women that were assaulted by Harvey Weinstein are famous and white and everybody knows them.”
Fonda and Steinem spoke out about how this should be a movement and how more and more serial harassers will be accused in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.
Mark Halperin, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was suspended by the network over sexual harassment claims on Thursday.
Director James Toback has already been accused by a number of women for sexual abuse and Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned from the company earlier this month after he was accused of sexual harassment.
The two men were just many in positions of power who have been accused by women as more and more people feel comfortable coming forward with their experiences.