Skip to comments.Jane Fonda Finally Apologizes
Posted on 11/22/2012 3:51:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
It only took 40 years. But finally, actress-turned-workout-specialist Jane Fonda has apologized for sitting on a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun during her 1972 visit to North Vietnam. Fonda, who used her fame to push her radical leftism during her heyday, traveled to Hanoi in 1972 in solidarity with the Viet Cong. While there, she proceeded to blame the US for supposedly bombing a dike system, and did a series of radio broadcasts stating that US leaders were war criminals. Those broadcasts were replayed for American POWs being tortured by the Viet Cong. Later, when POWs spoke about their experiences of torture, Fonda would call them hypocrites and liars, stating, These were not men who had been tortured. These were not men who had been starved. These were not men who had been brainwashed. She explained that these POWs were careerists and professional killers.
Now, four decades removed, sitting in the lap of luxury, Fonda has decided that the pictures on the anti-aircraft gun were a mistake. Not the actual visit she stands by that. I did not, have not, and will not say that going to North Vietnam was a mistake, she said. I have apologized only for some of the things that I did there, but I am proud that I went.
But when it comes to those gun photos, then she wishes shed done something different: Sitting on that gun in North Vietnam. Ill go to my grave with that one. Of course, as John Nolte of Big Hollywood points out, thats a step up from what we learned in Patricia Bosworths biography, Jane Fonda, where the star reportedly said: My biggest regret is I never got to f*** Che Guevara.
Shes a deep human being, you see.
Back in July 2011, she spelled out why she regretted the anti-aircraft gun photo:
It happened on my last day in Hanoi. I was exhausted and an emotional wreck after the 2-week visit. It was not unusual for Americans who visited North Vietnam to be taken to see Vietnamese military installations and when they did, they were always required to wear a helmet like the kind I was told to wear during the numerous air raids I had experienced. When we arrived at the site of the anti-aircraft installation (somewhere on the outskirts of Hanoi), there was a group of about a dozen young soldiers in uniform who greeted me. There were also many photographers (and perhaps journalists) gathered about, many more than I had seen all in one place in Hanoi. This should have been a red flag .
Here is my best, honest recollection of what happened: someone (I dont remember who) led me towards the gun, and I sat down, still laughing, still applauding. It all had nothing to do with where I was sitting. I hardly even thought about where I was sitting. The cameras flashed. I got up, and as I started to walk back to the car with the translator, the implication of what had just happened hit me. Oh my God. Its going to look like I was trying to shoot down U.S. planes.
Of course, it never occurs to Fonda that the pain she caused with that photo was a mere sliver of the pain she caused by acting as a propagandist for one of the worst regimes in human history. But thats because in Hollywood, being such a propagandist merely endears you to elites, as Sean Penn can tell you. Tom Lehrer once mocked NASA for working with former Nazi scientist Wernher Von Braun; Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down, Lehrer sang, Thats not my department, says Wernher von Braun. But in Hollywood, its worse than that: youre feted for siding with the worlds most evil people.
Thats why Hollywood continues to treat the blacklist as one of the worst blots on American history. The truth is somewhat different: the Soviet Union was working with the American Communist Party infiltrate Hollywood in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, and succeeded in infiltrating the Hollywood unions to a large extent. The Communist Party was interested in the overthrow of the American way of government. Not all of those blacklisted were card-carrying communists; that was the tragedy of McCarthyism. But to sympathize for those who treated Stalin as a hero rather than shunning them as moral reprobates is a move only Hollywood could make. Dalton Trumbo, perhaps the most celebrated member of the Hollywood Ten, bragged to his bosses in the Soviet Union that the Communist Party in Hollywood had helped quash anti-Soviet films like an adaptation of Arthur Koestlers masterwork Darkness at Noon. Some of the Communist Partys favorite Hollywood movies included Mission to Moscow (1943), in which Hollywood gave a clean bill of health to the Stalinist show trials. Meanwhile, when it comes to todays Hollywood blacklist of American conservatives, Hollywood honchos brag that its a positive development.
Jane Fonda should rightly have been written off by Americas most powerful institutions four decades ago. Instead, she still kicking and next, shes playing Nancy Reagan, whom she brags shell prevent from looking too mean.
Jane Fonda portraying Nancy Reagan: It's just acting, folks "Hanoi Jane playing Nancy Reagan in a movie? The news is enough to make you shake your head for just a second.
Variety reports that Jane Fonda will possibly star in The Butler, a movie based on Washington Post writer Wil Haygoods story about Eugene Allen, who worked in eight White House administrations.
For many generations, Fonda, 74, is remembered as the daughter of Henry, sex symbol in the racy cult sci-fi favorite Barbarella and protestor of the Vietnam War...................."
Actress Jane Fonda addresses participants and supporters of Operation RAW (Rapid American Withdrawal) in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on September 7, 1970.
Janie, you are the classic “useful idiot.”
The only thing you regret is the PICTURE? I don’t see any apology here at all.
Just shut up. Nothing you say is helpful.
By the way, you look SO stoned in that black top / red skirt picture. What were you ON, girl?
Basically the traitor is saying I’m sorry but it’s not my fault as I was tired and emotionally drained.
Yes Jane, traitorous behavior can be emotionally difficult and tiring.
Shove it up your communist a**, Fonda. Patriots don’t buy your false apology.
If she is “apoligizing” it is because she needs some good publicity. She is and has always been a lefty. She can GFH in my book.
Thanks for the pictures. It seems like a million years ago.
I will be happy to pour a pint of Fine Irish Whiskey over her grave................................................................but I WILL pass it through me kidneys first.
Ditto. I'll do the same with a couple pints of Guinness Stout.
This is old news from 1 1/2 years ago, isn’t it?
I still hate her after all these years!
What has been seen, can't be un-seen, and NO appology is sufficient from these assholes.
I got some nice 18 yr old Glenlivet yesterday. Its far too good for her even after its been processed.
Perhaps some colt45 poured straight from the can?
I am a poor man , it will be Bud Light I run through my kidney’s first.
To my way of thinking Hollywood is pissing on us all by putting this traitor in a movie that will also involve the memory of Ronald Reagan in any manner.
The wife of one of the greatest American Presidents, being portrayed by this piece of traitorous filth is an abomination.
Jane Fonda should have been arrested the minute she set foot back on American soils and instead fat old ladies made her rich buying her tapes.If that’s justice I want no part of it.I hope these people lose their ass on this movie, but I know idiot Americans will go see it. Shame on them.
apology NOT accepted.
We have a picture of her in the urinals at my MCL detachment. Our young members don’t understand why, but we do.
With luck she dies a slow agonizing death before she heads out to hell