WHILE Hollywood’s biggest names gushed over Jane Fonda at a glitzy awards show, a political action committee that supports veterans tried to shut it down!
The 76-year-old Oscar winner accepted the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award to the applause of such stars as Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Sandra Bullock and Cameron Diaz. But before the June 5 event, more than 10,000 veterans and their supporters signed a petition demanding that the ceremony honoring “Hanoi Jane” be canceled.
“We delivered the petitions and sent hundreds of calls into AFI’s switchboard,” said Larry Ward, who works on behalf of Special Operations Speaks (SOS).
SOS also urged Turner Broadcasting System to pull its June 14 broadcast of the event on its TNT network.
“In July 1972, Jane Fonda illegally entered North Vietnam via Moscow and made 10 propaganda broadcasts over Radio Hanoi with the express purpose of undermining the morale of American servicemen,” fumed Larry Bailey, a retired Navy SEAL.
“Hollywood may want to gloss over Hanoi Jane’s traitorous activities during the Vietnam War, but we refuse to let them forget.”
Ken Benway, a retired Army Lt. Colonel and Special Forces veteran, told The ENQUIRER: “Jane Fonda bears the full burden of the dead American soldiers whose families find little closure in Hollywood’s decision to celebrate this bona fide traitor.”
As The ENQUIRER has reported, Jane remains proud of her protesting past. During an interview for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” in which she played former first lady Nancy Reagan, the actress sported a “Hanoi Jane” T-shirt.
“If Nancy had any lingering thoughts about forgiving Jane, those were erased by her wearing that shirt,” said a source.
“It was a slap in the face to Nancy…and to her beloved husband Ronnie.”
And the protesting veterans believe it was also a slap in the face to the American people along with everyone who serves in the armed forces.