Thursday, February 14, 2008


Hanoi Jane rides again!

Jane Fonda appeared on NBC's Today show this morning to celebrate V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. She was on the show with Eve Ensler, writer of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Valentine, Victory and Vagina. Here's a quick description about this organization from the V-Day website:
Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues” to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2008, over 3700 V-Day benefit events are taking place, produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.
2008 is the 10th year of V-Day and the Today Show provided a little support. But I betcha now they wish they'd never invited Jane Fonda to join Eve Ensler on their live broadcast! Host Meredith Viera asked Jane Fonda about what appeared to be a delay in Fonda jumping on the Vagina Monologues bandwagon. Hanoi Jane explained it was simply because she lives in Georgia (presumably, then, live theatre is pretty much non-existent in that state). But, here's where the good part comes in - Jane answered the question and here's the clip:

LOL! Love it, love it, love it! Meredith's nervous laughter in the background is just as funny as Jane's liberal use of the C-word. Read on for more on V-Day's 10th anniversary:
Glenn Close and Jane Fonda are joining other celebrities and politicians for a 10th anniversary kickoff of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls started by "The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler.
The Valentine's Day event at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night is one of several planned fundraisers leading up to the "V To The Tenth" celebration in New Orleans on April 11-12.
Ensler was also to be joined at the Hammerstein by Brooke Shields, Kerry Washington and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Each year, the organization spotlights a group of women who "resist violence with courage and vision." This year, the focus is on "Katrina Warriors" — the women of New Orleans — "for their strength and resilience in the face of devastating loss."
To commemorate the event, Random House has released the 10th anniversary edition of "The Vagina Monologues" and the paperback edition of Ensler's most recent book, "Insecure At Last."
The first benefit performance of Ensler's award-winning play was at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Valentine's Day in 1998. She is embarking on a nationwide 20-city "V To The Tenth" speaking tour to coincide with the anniversary.
The play is a series of monologues, performed by at least three women, that deal with intimacy, vulnerability and sexual discovery. Beside Close, Fonda and Ensler herself, the roles have been played by Calista Flockhart, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Melanie Griffith, among others.
The New Orleans SUPERLOVE celebration, at the New Orleans Arena and Superdome, will feature performances of "The Vagina Monologues" and V-Day activists from around the world.
Salma Hayek, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson, Julia Stiles, Sally Field are among celebrities scheduled to attend. Also slated to perform are musicians Common, Eve, and Charmaine Neville.
Over the past decade, the nonprofit group has raised more than $50 million (€34.19 million) and funded more than 5,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses around the world.

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