Jane Fonda did a Q&A with interviewer Maureen Dowd for The New York Times, and the 82-year-old Hollywood icon made some interesting revelations.
Dowd managed to get Fonda to reveal one of her biggest regrets — she never had s*x with late R&B star Marvin Gaye who was reportedly very interested in her.
The journalist first asked if Fonda regretted not sleeping with Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, and that is when she decided to spill some tea.
She told Dowd: “No, I don’t think about him. Who I do think about, and what is a great regret, is Marvin Gaye. He wanted to, and I didn’t. I was married to Tom Hayden. I was meeting a lot of performers to try to do concerts for Tom and the woman who was helping me do that introduced me to Marvin Gaye.”
Although she needed some sexual adventures, she resisted the “What’s Going On” artist’s proposal. Moreover, after he died in 1984, she discovered that he had a picture of her on his fridge. This probably contributed to her having more regrets about the whole thing.
However, Fonda did sleep with The Chase co-star Marlon Brando, who in her own words was a great actor but he did not impress her when it comes to his talents in bed.
She added: “Disappointing. But a great actor.” Some have argued that Fonda was not clear in this part of the interview, and they are not certain that she was talking about s*x.
Interestingly enough, a few years ago, famed producer Quincy Jones stated that Brando and Gaye slept together. This is something Gaye’s family has denied, insisting that he was nothing more than a ladies man who liked love in all of its form.
Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III, explained: “We didn’t really think too much about it because we know the facts. My dad was a ladies man. Everybody loved my dad, but my dad didn’t have anything against homosexuals. He was about love. I think he would have laughed it off personally.”
He continued: “Quincy and my dad were friends for many of years, and I just felt sorry that Quincy felt the need to keep his relevance in that manner. And I also understand the fact that he’s having some issue with his memory and stuff.” Although, he also referred to Jones as a “great man.”
Some commenters find what Fonda did was distasteful, and here is why: “This is in such poor taste, especially right now. Not only the fetishizing aspect of comfortably saying (on record) that you regret NOT fu**ing a dead man black man, but if the roles were reversed, would this be something to laugh at? When we fight against racism and microaggressions, we use situations like these as a prime example. His black body wasn’t for her consumption, despite the long-standing tropes of big black bulls and Mandingo dck being legendary and taboo. It’s gross. Did I mention he’s DEAD?! He was murdered, but damn it, I shoulda fuked him. Eew.”
It will be interesting to see if this vision of things will gain traction in the upcoming days.