We Heart: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda’s Message to Donald Trump

Included among the historic wins at this year’s Emmy Awards was a healthy dose of political commentary, a lot of which took aim at President Donald Trump. Our favorite of the latter, by far, happened during the on-stage reunion of “9 to 5″ stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton—who starred, in the 1980 film, as disgruntled female employees who band together to exact revenge on their male chauvinist boss.

When the iconic trio took the stage to present the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, Fonda and Tomlin took the lead on commemorating its lasting—and, unfortunately, ever-more relevant, underlying message. “Back in 1980, in that movie,” Fonda said, “we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

Tomlin replied: “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

(Surprisingly, as of Tuesday, the President had not yet replied to the speech on Twitter.)

Lynn Rosado is an editorial intern at Ms. She studied at California State University, Northridge, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.

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