tar-paper shacks & starving children in GA? - Fonda apologizes

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 18 Apr 1998 13:18:12 -0700 (PDT)



By Russ Bynum
Associated Press Writer
Friday, April 17, 1998; 1:22 a.m. EDT

ATLANTA (AP) -- Children ``starving to death'' in Georgia? People living in
``tar-paper shacks''? That's what Jane Fonda told a United Nations group
and now she says she's sorry.

Ms. Fonda's remarks angered Gov. Zell Miller, a native of the north Georgia
mountains. He fired off a scathing letter to the actress, saying her
comparison was ``simply ridiculous and reflects a prejudice I am shocked to
learn you hold.''

``Maybe the view from your penthouse apartment is not as clear as it needs
to be,'' Miller said, referring to the downtown Atlanta flat atop CNN
Center that Ms. Fonda shares with husband Ted Turner.

Ms. Fonda quickly apologized.

``I was wrong. I should not have said what I said. ... My comments were
inaccurate and ill-advised,'' she said in a statement.

Ms. Fonda made the remarks Wednesday as she addressed the U.N. Population
Fund agency in New York. Ms. Fonda was discussing Georgia's teen-pregnancy
rate; she is the founder of G-CAPP, which has a goal of reducing teen
pregnancies in Georgia by 25 percent by 2001.

``And it's what makes working in Georgia very interesting, because we're
like, in some  ways, like some developing countries,'' she said.

``I love Georgia. I'm proud to be living there. But we have very special
problems that some of you can recognize that we're dealing with,'' she
said. ``In the northern part of Georgia, children are starving to death.
People live in tar-paper shacks with no indoor plumbing, and so forth.''

Miller, who has fought against those he thinks have stereotyped Georgians
as hicks and hillbillies, said he took personal offense to Ms. Fonda's

``Your remarks paint a grossly inaccurate and unfair picture of the state
of Georgia. Your comments will do great harm to the state you claim to
love,'' his letter said.


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