The Cannes International Film Festival
produced a controversial sound bite on Tuesday after Hollywood movie icon and environmental activist Peter Fonda called President Obama a "traitor."
Fonda, whose acting career skyrocketed with the 1969 blockbuster "Easy Rider," made the remarks while at the premiere of the feature documentary, "The Big Fix," a film Fonda co-produced.
The central position of "The Big Fix" is that governmental and private sector authorities conspired to cover up the environmental devastation unleashed in the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The movie was directed by a husband and wife team, and Fonda also appears in the film.
"You can look at a festival like this as an expression of the very power elite and wealth the film criticizes," Co-director Josh Tickell told the Associated Press
. "But Cannes has made a platform for politically and socially provocative films. They know it's not just about red carpets and movie stars. It's about the human predicament."
However, Peter Fonda may have pushed the provocation to a new height.
"I sent an email to President Obama saying, 'You are a f(expletive) traitor,' using those words... 'You're a traitor, you allowed foreign boots on our soil telling our military -- in this case the coastguard -- what they can and could not do, and telling us, the citizens of the United States, what we could or could not do'," Fonda said, according to an AFP report
Fonda also shared his criticism of British Petroleum, saying of the company that they are "a bunch of Brits -- I thought we kicked them out a long time ago. They tried to get back in in 1812, but they didn't make it," AFP reported.