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White men are the cause of climate crisis — Jane Fonda



White men are the cause of climate crisis -- Jane Fonda

Renowned American actress Jane Fonda has ignited a wave of criticism after making controversial statements at the Cannes Film Festival, where she blamed white men for the climate crisis and called for their arrest and imprisonment.

During a discussion at the festival, Fonda expressed her belief that white men were responsible for the environmental crisis, stating, “It is a tragedy that we have to absolutely stop. We have to arrest and jail those men—they’re all men [behind this].”

Fonda further claimed that racism played a significant role in the climate crisis, adding, “There would be no climate crisis if there was no racism.” She criticized what she described as a hierarchical power structure that prioritizes white men, asserting, “White men are the things that matter and then everything else [is] at the bottom.”

The actress had previously spoken about the connection between racism and climate change during an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this year. She highlighted the disproportionate impact of environmental pollution on marginalized communities, stating, “Where would they put the sh*t? They’re not gonna put it in Bel Air. They’ve got to find someplace where poor people or indigenous people or people of color are living.”

Fonda urged swift action from those in positions of power, emphasizing the urgency of addressing climate change within the next decade. She stated, “We’ve got about seven, eight years to cut ourselves in half of what we use of fossil fuels, and unfortunately, the people that have the least responsibility for it are hit the hardest—Global South, people on islands, poor people of color.”

While Fonda’s comments were prompted by a question from the audience, they sparked significant backlash for their divisive nature. Critics argue that her statements unfairly generalize and target a specific demographic, overlooking the collective responsibility required to combat climate change.

This is not the first time Jane Fonda has made headlines for her outspoken views on the subject. In a blog post titled “White Supremacy and the Climate Crisis” published in July 2020, Fonda explored the interconnected relationship between white supremacy and various societal issues, including the climate crisis. She contended that white supremacy permeates cultural institutions, impacting economic, political, and climate-related matters.

Fonda’s recent remarks have ignited a heated debate, with opinions divided on the appropriateness of singling out a specific group for blame and advocating for their arrest. The controversy surrounding her statements highlights the sensitivity and complexity of addressing the climate crisis while promoting unity and shared responsibility.