Peter Fonda and Sony Pictures Classics are now facing backlash after the actor suggested in a tweet that someone “rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will stand up against the giant a-hole she is married to.”
Fonda later apologized, saying in a statement “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.”
The tweet has since been deleted, but it did not go unnoticed by the White House.
Barron Trump is of course the son of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. Donald Trump Jr. is has asked Sony to take action.
As an FYI @SonyPictures has a movie with him dropping in a few days. I wonder if they will apply the same rules to @iamfonda that they did to @therealroseanne. I have a strange suspicion that they wont do anything. Please RT, we deserve an answer! https://t.co/j38NnlJKn7
– Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 20, 2018
Fonda is set to star alongside Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga in “Boundaries.” The film, which is scheduled for release June 22, centers around a woman (Farmiga) who is forced to drive her estranged, pot-dealing, carefree father (Plummer) across country after being kicked out of a nursing home.
Sony said in a statement Wednesday night that Fonda’s comments are “abhorrent, reckless and dangerous, and we condemn them completely,” but said also that removing him from the film would “unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment.”