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Megyn Kelly took on Jane Fonda this morning a few months after Fonda appeared on Kelly’s show.
Kelly fired back at Fonda after their September interview turned to the topic of Fonda’s plastic surgery. “We really want to talk about that now?” Fonda snapped at Kelly during the chat. That discussion was still making the rounds as recently as last week on the earlier hours of Today, and over the weekend in a Variety story in which Fonda said she was “upset” and “stunned” by the question.
“For years she has spoken about the joy of giving a cultural face to older women,” Kelly said this morning. “The truth is, most women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. If she wants to have a real discussion, her plastic surgery is tough to ignore.”
Apparently when she came here to promote her film about aging, I was supposed to discern that this subject was suddenly off limits. I gave her the chance to empower other women, young and old, on a subject which she purports to know well. And she rejected it. That’s okay. 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. This is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage. Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war.
“The moral indignation is a little much,” Kelly concluded. “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 on lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”