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Conservatives rage at Fonda dropping the c-bomb on 'Today'
David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Published: Thursday February 14, 2008

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Conservative bloggers put on their 'Offended' hats Thursday when actress Jane Fonda quoted a crass word for the female anatomy from a monologue she is set to perform on the subject.

The 70-year-old actress is set to perform "a monologue called 'Cunt'" in an upcoming staging of The Vagina Monologues, she told the Today Show's Meredith Vieira Thursday. That NBC censors failed to bleep the offending word provoked some think-of-the-children handwringing, especially among conservative commentators.

"Besides her left wing activism, famous North Vietnamese propagandist Jane Fonda spouts foul language on morning network television, when some children almost certainly saw it," Justin McCarty tsk-tsked on conservative media blog NewsBusters. The blog also ran an uncensored clip of Fonda's offending dialogue.

Right-wing blogger Michele Malkin didn't want to miss out on the fun.

"The woman has no class," Malkin said of Fonda. "You already knew that. But here’s more confirmation. Another reason not to let your children watch TV in the morning."

NBC edited the word from its West Coast broadcast of the Today Show. The women seemed initially unfazed by Fonda's word choice, but Vieira apologized on air later in the show.

"Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don't say on television," Vieira said. "It was a slip and she apologizes, and so do we. We would do nothing to offend the audience, so please accept that apology."

NBC's censors were not alone in falling asleep at the switch during a morning show interview with an Oscar-winning actress. Diane Keaton inadvertently let the word "fucking" slip out in an appearance on ABC last month.

Fonda appeared on the Today show along with Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler to celebrate Valentine's Day and the 10th anniversary of the feminist play. Ironically, Fonda's utterance of the offensive word came as part of a story about her own modesty and initial hesitance about doing the play.

"I hadn't seen the play. I live in Georgia OK," Fonda said. "I was asked to do a monologue called 'Cunt,' and I said, 'I don't think so, I've got enough problems."

This video is from NBC's Today Show, broadcast February 14, 2008.