Jane Fonda in “Monster-in-Law”
A cinema owner who served in the military during the Vietnam war refuses to show the nation’s top-grossing movie because it features Jane Fonda, regarded by many veterans as a traitor for her controversial trip to Hanoi in 1972.
Ike Boutwell, who trained pilots 30 years ago, put a sign on the marquee outside Showtime Cinemas in Radcliff, Ky., that reads: “No Jane Fonda movie in this theater,” the News Enterprise of Hardin County, Ky., reported.
Fonda has a lead role in “Monster-in-Law,” which brought in more than $23 million nationwide over the weekend.
But Boutwell, owner of two theaters in Hardin County, says he remembers student-pilots who died from rounds fired from guns like the one Fonda visited during her Hanoi trip.
“I think when people do something, they need to be held responsible for their actions,” Boutwell told the News-Enterprise. “When you give the enemy aid, it makes the war last longer.”
The veteran has a sign on the ticket window at his Elizabethtown Movie Palace explaining the film will not be shown becaue of what Fonda did in Vietnam.
Jane Fonda sits on gun seat of North Vietnamese anti-aircraft weapon in 1972
Below the message are pictures of Fonda clapping with a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft crew in 1972.
She has since expressed regret, stating in 1988, “I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless.”
Boutwell also refused to show Michael Moore’s controversial “Fahrenheit 9/11″ and has banned Fonda movies in the past.
Amy Haire, who works the ticket booth of the Elizabethtown theater, told the paper many older men responded favorably to Boutwell’s ban, but she got bad looks from some girls and young women who wanted to see the film.
Boutwell says, however, he’s received mostly positive feedback, including gratitude from a man who made a special trip to the theater last night to thank him.
“I think Vietnam veterans appreciate this,” said Sal Mancuso, who fought in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam war.
Mancuso thinks Fonda should be in prison for treason and is not impressed with her belated expression of regret.
“There is no defense for what she did,” he said.
As WorldNetDaily reported, a Vietnam veteran was arrested last month in Kansas City for allegedly spitting on Fonda during a book-signing event.
Michael A. Smith, 54, reportedly waited in line for 90 minutes, passed a book to the Academy Award winner, and then spit tobacco juice into her face.
Though he attempted to flee, he was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.
Fonda declined to prosecute Smith, and issued a statement through her publisher stating: “In spite of the incident, my experience in Kansas City was wonderful and I thank all the warm and supportive people, including so many veterans, who came to welcome me last night.”