Articles like this one earlier in the year gave the misperception that Jane Fonda was apologizing for her treasonous actions during the Vietnam War. But, someone needs to explain to Hanoi Jane that when she continually rants about how she was “lied to” it takes away from her apology a smidge.
HERE IS A BBC VIDEO OF JANE FONDA RIDING NORTH VIETNAMESE TANKS AND CHURNING OUT THE SAME OLD ANTI-AMERICAN RANT. THIS WAS TAKEN ON JUNE 5TH OF THIS YEAR.
Fonda helped create the very template of the Movie Star As Social Conscience. In the late 1960s and early ’70s, bra-less and still sporting her trendsetting shag cut from Klute, Fonda was ubiquitous, decrying mistreatment of Indians here, standing shoulder to shoulder with migrant workers there, and marching for women’s lib elsewhere.
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Most controversially, she spoke out against the Vietnam War and visited the North Vietnamese capital in 1972; there she made radio broadcasts critical of U.S. policy, posed “laughing and clapping” (her words) on an anti-aircraft gun, and took home the sobriquet “Hanoi Jane.”
But even Fonda’s harshest critics would do well to read My Life carefully — and not simply because she apologizes for the photo with the anti-aircraft gun.
(“It sent a message that was the opposite of what I was feeling and doing,” she writes, even as she defends her anti-war activism.)
Jane Fonda, another liberal with “moral equivalence” issues… And, still confused about who the enemy is after all of these years.