My father-in-law, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who trained fighter pilots during Vietnam, sent me an email yesterday about Jane Fonda. He’s not a big political guy, rarely forwards messages, so the gist was clear. He and his fellow Vietnam vets are mighty ticked off at Hollywood’s latest abuse, which they consider an outright attack on their service to the country.
Back in March, it was reported that “Hanoi” Jane Fonda has been chosen to play Nancy Reagan in a new film titled “The Butler,” a drama about the life of Eugene Allen, who worked in the White House under eight presidents. Allen was hired as a “pantry man” in the White House kitchen in 1952, eventually becoming maitre d’, the most prestigious position among White House butlers, under Ronald Reagan.
Hollywood is all about profit – that “greed” thing – and so it isn’t surprising that the players would want to gin up some controversy in order to boost interest in their film. But this? It’s over the top.
This would be a movie I would love to see…but choosing Fonda to play Nancy Reagan will ensure that I won’t. During the Vietnam War, Fonda enthusiastically allowed herself to be a political propaganda tool of North Korea. Her political statements and well known liberal views are in complete opposition to the conservative ideals of Ronald Reagan — and his wife. Regardless of Jane’s half-hearted apologies made some 35 years later, she is still seen as being a traitor to America by vets, and many still blame her actions for causing thousands of deaths of young American soldiers, family members, friends.
The relationship between Hollywood and far left liberalism blows the mind. The world that Hollywood has created for itself, has chosen in reality, is completely antithetical to the dismal existence under socialist/communist regimes. Hollywood’s ability to produce films of any stripe, offending right or left, truth or fiction, is possible via free market capitalism. Contrast that to North Korea, where young actors are hand-picked for an elite academy that trains “stars” to serve a massive propaganda machine. Well, OK, Hollywood and N. Korea aren’t so different really.
Surely there are other actresses that would not be so offensive, but that is obviously the point. Oh the irony, to have someone who uttered these words portraying the wife of a beloved conservative icon!
“If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become communist.” ~ Jane Fonda, November 21, 1970, speech at the University of Michigan
“To make the revolution in the United States is a slow day by day job that requires patience and discipline. It is the only way to make it. . . . All I know is that despite the fact that I am one of the people who benefit from a capitalist society, I find that any system which exploits other people cannot and should not exist.” ~ Jane Fonda, July 18, 1970, telephone interview with the People’s World, the West Coast’s Communist Party
“We’ve got to establish a Socialist economic structure that will limit private profit-oriented businesses. Whether the transition is peaceful depends on the way our present governmental leaders react. We must commit our lives to this transition …… We should be very proud of our new breed of soldier. It’s not organized but it’s mutiny, and they have every right.” ~ Jane Fonda, December 11, 1971, University of Texas
In response to Fonda’s selection, vets are circulating email messages like the one my father in law forwarded:
There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane’s participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can.. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget.
Veteran’s groups are also penning letters to the editors of local papers, but the reaction is what you might expect, especially in San Francisco, where Jane Fonda is considered “ideal” for the role:
As the rare case of someone who thinks both Nancy Reagan and Jane Fonda are admirable people, I’m qualified to answer this question: It’s great. If someone were playing me in a movie, I’d want only two things – someone who can act, and someone who looks like me but is better looking. I wouldn’t care about the actor’s politics or what he thought about Vietnam. Imagine if someone said to you, “A two-time Oscar winner wants to play you in a movie. The only problem is you guys were polar opposites on that whole NAFTA thing.” That would seem like a joke, wouldn’t it?
So, you are probably wondering, where does Nancy Reagan stand on all of this? According to Fox News:
“a statement released from Nancy Reagan’s former press secretary, Sheila Tate, included the following: “Jane F is so well-known for her politics that this casting is ludicrous. She would likely depict Nancy Reagan as a caricature.”
As to whether the movie will actually hit the big screen, it appears that it will. After all, Hollywood loves funding movies that alienate conservatives. And some leftists make a career goal of it:
Daniels, who is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny Strong, is in the process of finalizing financing for the pic, which has no distributor onboard yet.
Danny Strong, if the name doesn’t ring a bell, just finished with the HBO “Game Change” movie mocking Sarah Palin.
Since images often speak louder than words, let me end with a few.
The most famous – make that infamous – image of Jane Fonda from her years protesting the Vietnam War was a photograph taken during her wartime visit to North Vietnam in 1972. In the photo, Fonda is sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun clasping her hands, singing, a rapturous smile on her face, a North Vietnamese helmet on her head, surrounded by grinning North Vietnamese soldiers. ~ Free Republic