Vietnam Veterans, Theater Owner Boycott ‘The Butler’ Over Fonda Role

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 22, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Jane Fonda’s portrayal of Nancy Reagan in “The Butler” has drawn ire from Vietnam veterans, with a Kentucky theater owner banning the film from showing there.

Fonda was condemned by thousands of veterans, Americans, and military members after she toured through North Vietnam in 1972 during the height of the Vietnam War. She also posed with a Viet-Cong anti-aircraft gun, getting the name “Hanoi Jane.”

Fonda apologized for her actions in the communist country, but she apparently still isn’t viewed favorably by Vietnam veterans. She said that she did not realize she was sitting on an anti-aircraft gun.

“We’re telling people that if you don’t like Jane Fonda, don’t go see the movie,” Joe Davis, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, told the conservative Newsmax website.

“There are some veterans who can never forget and some who can never forgive Jane Fonda for what they saw as her treasonous actions during the Vietnam War. That anger is only deepened by her playing the wife of someone who they continue to hold in high esteeem,” another veterans spokesperson told Newsmax.

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A number of Facebook pages have been set up to boycott “The Butler.”

Ike Boutwell, owner of MoviePalace and Showtime Cinemas in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, told The Associated Press that he won’t show the film.

“I trained hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down,” Boutwell said.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.