Jane Fonda: "There'd be no climate crisis if it wasn't for racism"

The two-time Oscar-winning actress mixes some of her usual claims into an interview, to the surprise of her co-stars.

Jane Fonda made a controversial statement during her interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show. The actress, who came to promote her new film 80 for Brady, linked climate change to racism:

Well, you know, you can take anything – sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, whatever, the war. And if you really get into it, and study it and learn about it and the history of it and everything’s connected. There’d be no climate crisis if it wasn’t for racism.

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Fonda, who won two Oscars for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978), stunned those at the interview, including 80 for Brady co-star Rita Moreno, who asked Fonda to explain her controversial words.

"Where would they put the poison and the pollution? They’re not going to put it in Bel Air. They’ve got to find some place where poor people or indigenous people or people of color are living. Put it there. They can’t fight back. And that’s why a big part of the climate movement now has to do with climate justice," Fonda said.

Fonda's activist zeal against climate change and other social issues such as warmongering is well known. During the Vietnam War, the actress showed her total opposition to the conflict. On a visit to the Asian country in 1972, she posed on top of an anti-aircraft gun as a symbol of protest.