Jane Fonda on Redemption for #MeToo Abusers: ‘F— It! Sweep the Floor at Starbucks Until You Learn!’

Variety | 9/20/2018 | Caroline Framke
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Even after living through decades in the entertainment industry and enough real-life twists to fill several biographies beyond her own, Jane Fonda has still found herself surprised by the force of the #MeToo reckoning that has rocked Hollywood to its core.

“I never thought I would live to see this happen,” Fonda marveled at an event in New York City for “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” the HBO documentary detailing her storied life that premieres Sept. 24 on HBO. But in order for the movement to affect real change, she maintained, it has to include survivors of abuse outside Hollywood, center intersectionality, and prioritize pay equity in order to empower women from the start.

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As for the perpetrators, Fonda had little sympathy. “Guys are trying to make a comeback and they haven’t done the work,” she said, citing Charlie Rose’s efforts to get back on television as an example. “It doesn’t matter how much time [they’ve been out of work],” she insisted. “If they haven’t done the work, then why should they come back?” Still, Fonda maintained that she has “tremendous compassion for boys and men,” but that “we just have to fix them, or at least show them the way.”

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“Men are trained not to be empathic, not to be emotional. So it’s not easy what they’re trying to do,” Fonda said of men who make an actual effort to better themselves. “But they have to try to do it! So it doesn’t matter if it’s been two weeks or two years. It just matters what kind of changes they’ve gone through.” In...
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