Jane Fonda Claims The Public Is Only Listening To Harvey Weinstein’s Victims Because They’re Famous And White

By now, everyone has heard about the sexual assault allegations against ex-Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. Dozens of women have shared their stories which have sparked a national conversation about power relations in Hollywood and the violence and assault that women face behind closed doors.

Jane Fonda, an American actress, writer, and political activist, has spoken out about the controversy. She has made the claim that the allegations against Weinstein would not have received the same attention if it weren’t for the fact that the female victims were “famous and white.” Fonda’s statement came after many criticized her for being aware of Weinstein’s behavior, yet she remained silent.

Her statement explains that the reason why there is so much coverage and outrage over Weinstein’s alleged actions is that so many of the women who were assaulted by Weinstein are famous and white and everybody knows them. She states, “This has been going on a long time to black women and other women of color and it doesn’t get out quite the same.”

Fonda is likely referring to Buzzfeed’s shocking exposé a few months back about R. Kelly. The piece reported that the famous R&B singer was holding women hostage on his many properties in a “cult.” At the time, the article sparked shock and outrage. Even as more women came forward with tales of sexual and domestic abuse, Kelly has yet to face any consequences for his actions.

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