Sony Pictures Classics said that it will move forward with its planned release of Boundaries, in which he plays a supporting role, even as it criticized his remarks about the First Family as “abhorrent, reckless and dangerous.”
In response to immigrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S.- Mexico border, Fonda sent out a tweet in all caps saying “WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE” to get Melania Trump’s attention. He added that he should be put in a cage with pedophiles, which sparked shock and outrage.
A spokesperson for Barron's mother Melania Trump called the tweet “sick and irresponsible” while Donald Trump Jr. noted the difference in industry reactions to Fonda and Roseanne Barr, whose highly successful titular reboot was canceled when she issued a racist tweet.
On Wednesday, Fonda apologized for the tweet after garnering blowback from both sides of the aisle.
In his apology, Fonda wrote: “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.”He also encouraged people to protest the policies, tweeting in part: “90 million people in the streets on the same weekend works. I can’t be the organizer for they’ll arrest me for conspiracy to commit sedition.”Boundaries, starring Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer, is set to open Friday
Peter Henry Fonda✔@iamfonda
It’s more than a protest! 90 million people in the streets on the same weekend works. I can’t be the organizer for they’ll arrest me for conspiracy to commit sedition. This must be like a spontaneous event without seeming to be organized by me and we have to make this happen NOWI AM ANIMAL@BeNicetoVegansReplying to @iamfonda @nena111971
I believe you are right. Shall we form a protest?3:28 AM - Jun 20, 2018
REACTIONS ON TWITTER — AGREE OR DISAGREE?
Can't believe that you are keeping Peter Fonda @sonypictures. Shame on you. Supporting a man that wants a young boy jailed with pedophiles. Really? Is that who you are?6:42 AM - Jun 21, 2018
Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos for life because he made fun of a bad movie. Peter Fonda called for children and women to be raped. Account still active.11:28 AM - Jun 21, 2018
Liberal lunatic Peter Fonda calls on a child to be locked in a cage and raped: no consequences, still has Twitter account. Kevin McHale attends a Trump rally: Liberals call for him to be fired. Sick. Liberalism is a mental disorder.8:25 AM - Jun 21, 2018