I’m a major Peter Fonda fan, think he’s one of the best character actors working today and can’t imagine life without “Easy Rider,” but this is way, way over the line. The sentiment is hard to disagree with and I’m no Obama fan, but he is the President of the United States and trashing him in this manner overseas at Cannes is hardly different than what all but ended the Dixie Chicks career.
CANNES, France (AFP) – Peter Fonda launched a four-letter attack on US President Barack Obama at the Cannes film festival on Wednesday, calling him a traitor over the handling of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. …
Fonda — a keen environmentalist and co-producer of the film which centres on the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill and its consequences — accused Washington of trying to gag reporting on the issue.
“I sent an email to President Obama saying, ‘You are a f(expletive) traitor,’ using those words… ‘You’re a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military — in this case the coastguard — what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do’.”
Again, Fonda’s argument is exactly right. President Obama’s handling of the BP oil spill was uniformly atrocious and let us never forget that Obama was the biggest benefactor of BP’s political contributions. But no matter how failed the president, ”fucking traitor” — especially overseas and during a time of war — is the exact wrong way to make the case.
In other news: Out of concern for America sovereignty when it comes to the Military, a Hollywood actor with the last name Fonda called a sitting liberal president a “fucking traitor” and as of now no pigs have been spotted flying.
Note: this post's headline originally attributed this quote to Henry Fonda. Apologies for the error. -NB Staff