Jane Fonda’s boycott of TIFF ludicrous

By Alexandra Heilbron on September 8, 2009 | 6 Comments

jane_fondaJane Fonda and Danny Glover are joining the boycott of the Toronto International Film Festival started by Canadian director John Greyson. The reason? TIFF is honoring Tel Aviv’s 100th anniversary with a program called City to City. The program spotlights 10 Israeli films, but activists are signing their name to a letter saying they don’t want Tel Aviv honored because some Palestinians were uprooted when Israel was established as a state. Oscar-winning documentarian Rabbi Marvin Hier calls the protest “an attack on the heart and soul of Israel.” Fonda’s boycott seems especially ludicrous — she doesn’t even have a movie playing at TIFF — her last movie was the critically-panned 2007 Georgia Rule. Actors generally show up at film festivals when they have a film to promote, so it’s unlikely she ever even planned to attend. At least Glover actually has a film screening at TIFF. [Poll=134]

Comments & Discussion

  1. whatever • September 8, 2009 @ 12:35 PM

    whatever ppl who are boycotting the TIFF.
    what about when entire civilizations were uprooted when the Spaniards and English came to the New World? they were massacred and obliviated from the face of the planet. does anyone condemn them now for it? no. everyone has forgotten cuz it was such a long time ago.
    history is just repeating itself again and again and even though it ain’t cool, boycotting some little event in history isn’t going to make any difference.

  2. mandee • September 8, 2009 @ 7:03 PM

    i didnt really pay much attention to this article, it was just boring to me. but i do love jane fonda! i think shes a great actress.

  3. Anon • September 8, 2009 @ 8:06 PM

    whatever on September 8, 2009 12:35 PM

    Every movement and every change was started with some little event in history and progressed until it made a difference. You are using an example in the past, they are taking a stand on a current ongoing issue.

    If the rabbi feels this is an attack on the heart and soul of Israel, I guess they��ve made a good choice; his statement was an equally political one as well. I admire people that don��t compromise their values and beliefs for money or because it��s expected of them.

  4. Ryan • September 9, 2009 @ 12:45 PM

    Nobody HAS to watch the Tel Aviv films, everybody can choose not to go, and a lot of people will probably make the decision not to go, if not for political or ethical reasons, then simply out of apathy.

    Toronto Internation Film Festival is still about premiering films and providing a chance to the unsung gems in cinema to present their potential, and for established talents in the industry to show off their hard work and new productions. If a few actors choose not to go, that’s their business. I don’t have any doubts that the film festival will quite dedicatedly, and successfully proceed without them.

    Furthermore, who the hell cares what Jane Fonda thinks? I’m equally as interested to hear an intelligent opinion come out of her mouth as I am to hear a 9 year old’s review of Twilight.

  5. Moviefan • September 9, 2009 @ 1:08 PM

    Actually, the film festival itself should be boycotted in its entirety; weren’t Native Americans uprooted from Toronto (and the rest of North America)?

  6. Jo-Anne • September 9, 2009 @ 3:19 PM

    the 9 year old’s review would be spellbinding in comparison…

    hope to get to the TIFF this year, looks promising…

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