Actress Jane Fonda should know a thing or two about offending large groups of people.
The woman infamous for posing for pictures with the Vietcong in the 1960s is steamed over Seth MacFarlane's edgy performance hosting last Sunday's Oscar telecast.
Fonda, who served as a presenter during the ceremony, waxed philosophical about her Oscar night experiences on her blog before belittling MacFarlane's work:
What I really didn’t like was the song and dance number about seeing actresses boobs. I agree with someone who said, if they want to stoop to that, why not list all the penises we’ve seen? Better yet, remember that this is a telecast seen around the world watched by families with their children and to many this is neither appropriate or funny. I also didn’t like the remark made about Quvenzhane and Clooney, or the stuff out of Ted’s mouth and all the comments about what women do to get thin for their dresses. Waaaay too much stuff about women and bodies, as though that’s what defines us.
Fonda's take stands in stark comparison to a female film executive who called MacFarlane's detractors practicing "blind feminism."
You want really outrageous behavior, the executive asks? Try working in Hollywood for a few years.
I, for one, laughed heartily at Sunday night's award show, and probably for one fundamental reason: As a female executive in the movie business, I felt that MacFarlane's jokes were grounded in very serious truths. Watching the "blatant sexism" of his performance doesn't even hold a candle to what I have witnessed on a day-to-day basis in this field.
Of course, the editorial is signed "anonymous" and for good reason.
Any actress who brings up the misogyny of the Academy likely will be black-listed (I fear the same if my own writing comes to light).