Jane Fonda’s “Prime Time” not ready for QVC’s prime–or any–time!
The folks at home shopping cable channel QVC, not wanting to anger somebody another, canceled Jane Fonda’ appearance Saturday. The 74-year old, two-time Oscar winner/bestselling author/aerobics pioneer’s appearance to promote her book “Prime Time,” about aging and the life cycle was scheduled for Saturday, but according to Fonda, writing on TheWrap.com:
The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing me for my opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if I was allowed to appear.
QVC responded to Reuters with a really vapid statement:
Jane Fonda was scheduled to appear on QVC today, Sat. July 16. Due to a programming change, she did not appear in the 10am show as scheduled.
QVC is live 24 hours a day and welcomes more than 22,000 guests a year. It’s not unusual to have a schedule change with our shows and guests with little or no notice.
I can’t speak to Ms. Fonda’s comments, other than to confirm that a change in scheduling resulted in her not appearing today.
Look, QVC, the 1960s were a really long time ago and in the ensuing five decades, Jane Fonda has had been a success in films, on Broadway and bestseller lists, and on DVD/video (we have her to thank for the 80s aerobics craze and the rise of fitness awareness). Fonda pointed out:
In this case, they denied a lot of people the chance to hear about a book that can help make life better, easier and more fulfilling.
QVC caved to a small, angry and out of touch vocal group. So maybe it’s time for a large vocal and very aware group to start working on the USA Network which broadcasts the Westminster Kennel Club dog show and the sponsors of that program. The American Kennel Club which is the group behind the popular event, has said they do not support the regulation of puppy mills, and that puppies are property.
Well, furniture and clothing are also property, and there are laws in place that regulate the manufacturing of clothing to protect consumers, workers and the environment, ensuring a safe product.
[photos of sad puppy mills not inserted because they are such a major bummer]