Megyn Kelly tried to come for Jane Fonda, and it’s not a good look
Let’s get one thing straight: You don’t come for Jane Fonda; she sends for you. That’s a lesson that Megyn Kelly is learning the hard way after she delivered an increasingly nasty, petty, mean girl monologue directed at Fonda on the Today show Monday, somehow going from blasting Fonda for not wanting to talk about her plastic surgery, to digging up insults about her anti-Vietnam War activism.
Buckle in, folks, because this is a wild ride.
— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) January 22, 2018
Yes, Kelly opens her monologue by sarcastically calling out Fonda for being “fixated on an exchange I had with her months ago,” and then goes on to trash Fonda for things she did decades ago. It is truly baffling.
Kelly plays a clip of the moment when she asked Fonda about her plastic surgery, pointedly not noting that Fonda was immediately, visibly uncomfortable at the question, as is her right because it was a probing and personal question about a medical procedure. Kelly then goes on to say that she “chose to say nothing” when Fonda complained about the questioning “publicly” and “repeatedly.”
“My general philosophy is that whatever people think of me is none of my business,” Kelly states. If only she had stopped there.
An accomplished actress comes on your B rate morning show to promote a new movie and you want to talk about her face and wonder why she doesn’t like you? Then you go on a 10 minute tirade about her including unrelated things from her past? #thisisntfoxnews #byemegyn— K Cullen (@KCullen37) January 22, 2018
“However, Fonda was at it again last week—including here on NBC and then again elsewhere—so it’s time to address the ‘poor me’ routine,” Kelly continues. “First, some context. Fonda was on to promote [Our Souls at Night] a film about aging. For years, she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women. Well the truth is, most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. And if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women’s cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore. Fonda herself knows this. She knows this. And that is why to her credit, she has discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show.”
How brave of @MegynTODAY to lecture Jane Fonda in absentia. Her diatribe was cowardly & disrespectful & I am quite certain Jane would have taken her down a few notches had she been there to defend herself. Remember this Megyn: viewership ≠ credibility.— Chad Marlow (@ChadAaronMarlow) January 22, 2018
Kelly then plays clips of Fonda talking about having had plastic surgery. The clips come from a radio show in 2011, Larry King Live in 2010 and Today in 2011. None of them are from Fonda’s current press tour to promote her Netflix film, Our Souls At Night, which Kelly repeatedly refers to as “a film about aging,” showing she has definitely not seen that movie. The bottom line is that Fonda’s plastic surgery has nothing to do with the film she was on Megyn Kelly Today to promote, and it was absolutely rude of Kelly to ask about it.
really Megyn?! Let it go....not impressed with this "girl" fight you are starting. #nothighschool focus on real news.— jayne dahl (@jndahl) January 22, 2018
But Kelly didn’t stop at just poorly trying to justify her line of questioning.
“But I have no regrets about that question. Nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate,” Kelly continued. “After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage. Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war. Many of our veterans still call her Hanoi Jane. Thanks to her radio broadcasts, which attempted to shame American troops, she posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our American pilots. She called our POWs hypocrites and liars, and referred to their torture as understandable. Even she had to apologize years later for that gun picture, but not for the rest of it. By the way, she still says she is not proud of America. So the moral indignation is a little much. She put her plastic surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America. And honestly, she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”
Yikes. Not only does this have absolutely nothing to do with this spat over a rude question about plastic surgery, but it shows just how petty Kelly is. She really had to go back decades to come up with some cheap insults to lobby at Fonda? Not to mention the fact that Fonda has apologized for her actions during the Vietnam War more times than she’s talked about her face lift.
“Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad,” she told Vanity Fair in 2015. “It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.”
This segment makes you seem petty and duplicitous. You had Fonda on your show so you could practice 'gotcha' journalism. Your disdain for her is evident - so why have her come on to promote her movie? I'm not surprised she's finds you suspect, the rest of us do as well.— Suzanne Bennett (@suzbennett7) January 22, 2018
Who even knows what was going through Kelly’s head to make her think this monologue was a good idea. It’s a trainwreck, and viewers noticed.
I love that NBC paid $40 billion to sign up Megyn Kelly and her idea of good morning TV is "relitigate the Vietnam War" https://t.co/q7uZgJqMeN
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) January 22, 2018
Also maybe it's not good journalism to ask someone a question they have repeatedly answer many many many times in previous interviews but what do I know ¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/cHurHJVyfw
— Triyoncé (@tribranchvo) January 22, 2018
Megyn Kelly: This woman is FIXATED on something that happened *months ago*!!!
Megyn Kelly two minutes later: "During the Vietnam War…" https://t.co/E7ls2VEbNf
— Scott Rising (@rising) January 22, 2018
Fonda, to her credit, hasn’t said a word about Kelly’s attempt to escalate this feud. But if she does, you can bet her response will have a lot more class than this.