Peter Fonda Apologizes for Suggesting Barron Trump Should Be Put ‘in a Cage With Pedophiles’

'I went way too far'

Actor says he "immediately regretted" his tweet "and sincerely apologize to the family." - Credit by Getty Images
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After near-universal condemnation, actor Peter Fonda has apologized for a tweet suggesting President Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron should be put “in a cage with pedophiles.”

In all caps Tuesday, Fonda wrote, “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.”

Through her spokesperson, first lady Melania Trump called the tweet “sick and irresponsible.” The Secret Service was made aware of the tweet but declined to comment on what action, if any, they were taking.

“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,” Fonda said in a statement late Wednesday. “Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.”

Fonda, 78, is the son of legendary actor Henry Fonda and sister of actor Jane Fonda. He continues to have an active career staring in small-budget films and the occasional TV role. He may be best known for the 1969 counter-culture film Easy Rider.

Fonda has a small part in the Sony Classics film Boundaries, which opens tomorrow. In a statement, Sony said they “condemn” the comments, calling them “abhorrent, reckless and dangerous.”

Donald Trump Jr. called on Sony to take action. “So @iamfonda can suggest kidnapping and putting a child in a cage with pedophiles and @sonyclassics won’t do anything! I guess that’s ok if you’re a liberal. If you’re a conservative you’d face real consequences. Great work @SonyPictures.”


@ChrisAriens chris.ariens@adweek.com Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.