Peter Fonda says President Barack Obama is 'traitor' over handling of Gulf oil spill
"Easy Rider" actor Peter Fonda said during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival this week that he sent President Barack Obama a letter calling him a traitor over how he handled the BP Gulf oil spill, according to reports.
Fonda was at Cannes for the premiere of the documentary, "The Big Fix" by American directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell, which features interviews from families impacted by the oil spill. Fonda is one of the executive producers and appears in the film. He's reportedly seen being turned away by BP workers when he tried to get on beaches to access the impact of the spill.
"I sent an email to President Obama saying, 'You are a (expletive) 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,'" The Telegraph quoted the 71-year-old actor as saying.
The BP rig Deepwater Horizon burst into flames on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers on or near the drilling floor. The rig later sank, spilling more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the sea over the next 85 days.
Fonda also reportedly denounced BP as "a bunch of Brits" during the press event, adding, "I thought we kicked them out a long time ago. They tried to get back in in 1812, but they didn't make it."
Fonda was in the news earlier this year when he found a dead body in a car in Los Angeles.
The actor comes from the Fonda acting family with his father the late actor Henry Fonda and sister Jane Fonda. He is also the father to actress Bridget Fonda. His film credits include "Race With the Devil" and "3:10 to Yuma."