(Telegraph) Peter Fonda launched a four-letter attack on US President Barack Obama – and BP – at the Cannes film festival, calling him a traitor over the handling of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.
The star of the 1969 road movie Easy Rider was in Cannes for the premiere of The Big Fix by Rebecca and Josh Tickell, the only feature documentary in the official selection at the Cannes film festival this year.
Fonda – a keen environmentalist and co-producer of the film which centres on the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill and its consequences – accused Washington of trying to gag reporting on the issue.
“I sent an email to President Obama saying, ‘You are a f—— traitor,’ using those words… ‘You’re a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military – in this case the coastguard – what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do’.”
Peter Fonda told this writer Tuesday that, before a press conference, a government representative warned him to say nothing about certain things, such as the thousands of dead baby dolphins in the Gulf. Still aiming for Easy Rider freedom, Fonda’s response was, “I will tell them about the dead baby dolphins — and much more.”
Chris Hedges holds a major role in the film. He inspires personal responsibility and resistance — peaceful revolution as the only remaining solution to corporatism, another word for fascism.
At the premiere after-party, Tickell ended his speech with that ultimate solution to the ongoing energy disasters globally caused by corruption, “Viva la revolution!”