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8/15/2013 3:50:00 PM
Local veterans to protest Fonda in "The Butler"
Brian King
Staff Writer

A group of local veterans is set to stage a protest at Greenwood’s REI Cinemas Friday night in protest of Jane Fonda, better known to them as “Hanoi Jane,” as Nancy Reagan in the movie “The Butler.”

Fonda is no friend to Vietnam War-era veterans after she was photographed in a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft battery during her visit to enemy territory in 1972. Fonda openly supported the North Vietnamese government and was a very vocal anti-war protester. She has been widely quoted calling American soldiers war criminals and murderers.

After returning from her two-week trip to North Vietnam, Fonda said that American POWs were not being mistreated or tortured. As POWs began to return to the U.S. in 1973 and detailed their torture at the hands of their North Vietnamese captors, Fonda called them hypocrites and liars.

On her website, Fonda says she regrets taking the picture in the anti-aircraft battery and calling the former POWs hypocrites and liars. Fonda says she was overcome with emotion when the famous Hanoi Jane photo was taken and that she tried to keep the pictures from being published, to no avail.

About a year ago, 20-year Navy Veteran Larry Reyes learned of Fonda being cast as Nancy Reagan, the wife of U.S. President and staunch military supporter Ronald Reagan, in the upcoming film and felt he needed to take action.

“I was Outraged that (the makers of the film) would do stunt casting and have this traitor to our nation be cast portraying someone so honorable,” Reyes said in an interview with GwdToday. “’Hanoi Jane’ should not make one penny in our nation, one she has betrayed.”

Reyes started a Facebook page called “Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan.” The page has nearly 28,000 fans. Eric Murdock, a retired Air Force colonel who now resides in Greenwood, saw the page and decided to do something about it. Murdock has organized a protest at REI Cinemas in Greenwood. Murdock obtained a permit from the Greenwood Police Department and will at the theater Friday at 6 p.m. and again on Saturday at 3 p.m.

“I would probably go see the movie if it were not for (Fonda playing Nancy Reagan),” Murdock said. “I have no use for Jane Fonda whatsoever. I have no fight with the movie or the story told in the movie. I have a problem with Jane Fonda showing up for interviews wearing her anti-war shirt and telling veterans to get a life.”

According to a Fox News report from April, after hearing about the boycott, Fonda said veterans should “get a life.” She is also reported as saying that she knew her casting would “tweak the right. Who cares?”

The answer to Fonda’s question is a lot of veterans in Greenwood and across the U.S.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: R Robinson

Bob, you sir, are a jerk. You don't know what you're talking about. I'm a proud republican, and Obama is a joke too. Maybe you and Obama have more in common than J. Fonda and I. Also, I wasn't a protestor, in fact, I wasn't even born until the late 70's. And you're making this personal. I was making a general statement. Your "kind" isn't looking so good either right now!

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: bob williams

You are the one who needs a hobby as you wasn't there and don't know s--- about what you are stating. You probably are a protestor and a traitor just like she was. God help us if there are two of you out there. Christie Graves labeled it the way it was. Maybe the two of you traitors should go and survive in that mess in the mess over there and never come back. Us AMERICAN"S don't need your kind living here and I would bet that you are an OBAMA supporter who wants to ruin America, JUST forget it because it will never happen.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Christi Graves

All of us who were a product of this generation who watched our friends, loved ones literally die on the nightly news should shout to the tops of our voices, for
Hanoi Jane to "GET A LIFE" in another country maybe she would LOVE North Viet Nam ! I'm sure we would all chip in and buy her a one way ticket. Our soldiers suffered this war and she and others like her spitting on them when they came home calling them baby killers. JUST SHAMEFUL! I WILL NEVER FORGET!

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: R Robinson

Oh boy, where do I start?
1. What ever happened to forgive and forget?
2. No one gave a darn when she starred in "Monster-in-Law" or "Nine to Five" or the famous, "Barbarella", why start moaning and groaning about this now?
3. She's an actress! Her personal beliefs have nothing to do with parts she plays. For God's sake, Anthony Hopkins played Hitler, and no one made such a stink!
4. Most importantly, I appreciate the service all you veterans provided to our country, however, I'm not about to listen to movie critiques from you all. I'll leave that to Gene Siskel.
5. Don't you think you should watch a movie before you boycott it? You have no idea how great or awful a job she may portray Nancy Reagan.
6. On the Nancy Reagan topic, she obviously has no problem being portrayed by Jane Fonda, so why should the rest of you?

You all need a hobby!

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: dickie Gardner

Its the veteran who have fought and died for this country to have the freedom to do and say what she does and may she rott in hell for it to. God bless our veterans and service men and women.

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