On Monday’s The Late Show on CBS, host Stephen Colbert prodded liberal actress Jane Fonda to promote her alarmist views on global warming as the environmental activist hyperbolically claimed that “humankind is facing the greatest crisis that we’ve ever faced,” and repeated the often used 10-year deadline to impose regulations to prevent world catastrophe.
Fonda — who has credited environmental alarmist Greta Thunberg with inspiring her to become a frequent protester on the issue — described young environmental activists as “suffering” from “extinction illness.”
After the two began the segment by joking about the time Fonda kissed him before he interviewed her to throw him off, Colbert brought up climate change:
STEPHEN COLBERT: I want to talk to you about a subject near and dear to your heart — and it should be near and dear to all of our hearts. You’ve started these Fire Drill Fridays about climate change. Tell me what your objective is here.
Fonda went straight to the alarmism as she began:
JANE FONDA: Well, humankind is facing the greatest crisis that we’ve ever faced, and there were all these young students that were sacrificing a lot and working so hard. … I’ve spent a lot of time now with these young students, and they’re scared. And a lot of young people are even suffering from — they’re calling it extinction illness — and I just felt I wasn’t doing enough, and the scientists were saying we have 10 years before it’s going to go so far over the cliff that there’s no turning back. The environment and climate will unravel, and there’s nothing we can do.
She went on to further recall the D.C. protests she leads which sometimes get her arrested to draw attention to her agenda of regulating the fossil fuel industry in a questionable attempt to stop global warming:
FONDA: And so I said, “Okay, I’m going to — I’m famous — I have a platform — I’m going to move to D.C. — I’m going to put my body on the line — and I’m going to do these things, and in the process, I’m going to learn a lot, too.” And the young people have been with me all the way. And it’s incredible what’s happened. (AUDIENCE APPLAUSE) Every Friday — I thought it would kind of peter out — every Friday there is more and more people, and they come from all over. And most of them have never engaged in civil disobedience before and risk getting arrested.
Colbert followed up by asking her if “the police down there — are they fed up with you leading these protests?” leading her to reply: “I’m white and I’m famous, and so, you know, what happens is different from what would happen if I was a person of color and I wasn’t famous.”