Not exactly how I like to begin my Sunday mornings, but in reading today’s emails was Jane Fonda: QVC axed my appearance over politics wherein, Jane Fonda, dubbed Hanoi Jane for her anti-war activities and stabbing Vietnam Veterans in back is now upset over QVC cancelling her appearance to hawk her new book, Prime Time.
The fiery supporter of communism years ago, who has made several Millions of Dollars through the very capitalist system she once condemned now claims, “this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT!” on her personal blogsite.
She further claims, “I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us” and “Most people don’t buy into the far right lies.”
Really, Jane? Far right? It’s been Vietnam Veterans, the very ones you now say you never did anything against that have been holding you accountable all of these decades. We are nothing more than far right liars in your book?
We remember well what you did, when you did it and how it affected us. We recall your activities in enticing soldiers to desert. We recall your ill fated and major flop of a movie, FTA denigrating the Military.
We’re well aware of the email circulated years ago peppered with lies in order to discredit the truths about your treasonous activities.
We’re well aware of the 19 radio broadcasts made from communist North Vietnam denigrating us and our mission to keep South Vietnam free.
We’re well aware of your words to UC Berkeley students of 34 American B-52s being shot down, with complete disregard for the fate of the American crew members in each. They too were American Service members that you now claim you have never done anything to hurt.
Even the liberal leaning Snopes.com admits,
“But she didn’t go to North Vietnam to try to bring about peace, or to reconcile the two warring sides, or to stop American boys from being killed — she went there as an active show of support for the North Vietnamese cause. She lauded the North Vietnamese military, she denounced American soldiers as ‘war criminals’ and urged them to stop fighting, she lobbied to cut off all American economic aid to the South Vietnamese government (even after the Paris Peace Accords had ended U.S. military involvement in Vietnam), she publicly thanked the Soviets for providing assistance to the North Vietnamese, and she branded tortured American POWs as liars possessed of overactive imaginations.”
And now, Hanoi Jane has the unmitigated gall to cry, “I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths?”
The 73 year-old actress may receive the assistance of Jerry Lembcke in trying to recreate her treasonous activities as a “myth,” but he is in a distinct minority.
Fonda, who famously said to students at the University of Michigan in 1970, “If you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that one day we would become Communist” is crying the blues now because she perceives not adding to her own net worth as QVC cancelled her appearance to hawk a new book.
She once claimed, “To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.” But, where is her caring for so many Vietnam Veterans and others who served back then that she has hurt and continues to do so by labeling us liars?
Her two half-hearted “apologies” were about as insincere as can be. First off, they were not apologies, but regret expressed over the famous photo of her happily occupying the seat on an anti-aircraft gun that had most likely been used to shoot down American aircraft and coincided with the release of films the public appeared to be shying away from due to outrage expressed by Vietnam Veterans.
Further absolving herself, Fonda said to Paula Zahn in a 2004 interview,
“There’s a lot of people who – who – it’s a cottage industry to hate me. And if they – if they stop, that might mean that they’d have to look at some things that would question their own identity.”
Little wonder the fiery communist revolutionary, who once claimed, “I, a Socialist, think we should strive toward a Socialist society, all the way to Communism” now boasts of “I could have pointed out that threats of boycotts are nothing new for me and have never prevented me from having best selling books and exercise DVDs, films, and a Broadway play.”
And, what of the 2.8 Million she stabbed in the back so many years ago? What about the over 58,000 names on the Wall in Washington D.C. that her treasonous activities helped place there by prolonging that war years beyond what it might have?
To her we are all nothing more than “some well funded and organized political extremist groups.”
No, we are aging Veterans, mostly men who served honorably to try to keep some people free from the grips of the very system you advocated and apparently abandoned to grow your own wealth.
We are the recipients of the decades of denigration in Hollywood movies, TV shows of the era and the real myths said about us by the likes of you and scum like Senator John F’in Kerry. We have endured the hate spewed at us while you run around the globe adding to your many Millions of Dollars. We are the men who society has looked down upon and treated as hapless drug addicted victims when we are anything but.
So cry me a river that QVC cancelled your appearance to increase your fortune.
Instead of crying, you should go off somewhere and finish out your years in the shame you deserve.
You may be grateful for the support received from both of your Vietnam Veteran friends, don’t expect anything from the rest of us.