Sony Pictures said they will release a film with Peter Fonda despite a major backlash for his threatening tweet toward Barron Trump. The company said they “condemn” Fonda’s actions.
In the wake of Peter Fonda’s incendiary tweet about the first family for which the actor has already apologized, Sony Pictures Classics on Wednesday evening said that it is moving forward with plans to release the indie feature Boundaries, in which Fonda has a supporting role, even as it condemned his remarks as "abhorrent, reckless and dangerous."
Responding to the sight of children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy, the Easy Rider actor on Tuesday issued an all-caps tweet that read, "WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL [SIC] STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. FUCK."
In response, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, "As an FYI @SonyPictures has a movie with him dropping in a few days. I wonder if they will apply the same rules to @iamfonda that they did to @therealroseanne. I have a strange suspicion that they wont do anything. Please RT, we deserve an answer!"
The film in question is the drama Boundaries, starring Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer, in which Fonda has a supporting role. Directed by Shana Feste, the pic had its world premiere at SXSW earlier this year and is set to open Friday in just five theaters.
In a statement, the specialty film distributor Sony Pictures Classics said, "Peter Fonda’s comments are abhorrent, reckless and dangerous, and we condemn them completely. It is important to note that Mr. Fonda plays a very minor role in the film. To pull or alter this film at this point would unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project. We plan to open the film as scheduled this weekend, in a limited release of five theaters."
The double standard is unbelievable. Imagine if a conservative had done the same thing, they would be crucified.