Friday, April 01, 2005

Jane Fonda Regrets 1972 Visit to Vietnam Gun Site

Story from Reuter's via Yahoo about Fonda's latest comments.

Jane Fonda regrets her visit to a North Vietnamese gun site in 1972, the actress and fitness guru said in an interview with CBS television show "60 Minutes" to be aired on Sunday.

The actress defended her trip to Vietnam in 1972, which won her the nickname "Hanoi Jane." But she said her visit to a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun site used to shoot down U.S. pilots was a "betrayal" of the U.S. military.

"The image of Jane Fonda, Barbarella, Henry Fonda's daughter ... sitting on an enemy aircraft gun was a betrayal," she said, calling the act, "The largest lapse of judgment that I can even imagine."

But she said she did not regret visiting Hanoi, or being photographed with American prisoners of war there.

"There are hundreds of American delegations that had met with the POWs," she said. "Both sides were using the POWs for propaganda. ... It's not something that I will apologize for."

While looking around Free Republic I found this story posting with a comment from Chinito (6990th Security Group, RC-135, Class of '68). The comment was this image by itself, I so liked the image I had to post it. Of course when you read the last sentence (which I bolded) you realize why a significant number of people were just a tad bit exorcised about her.

Update: See Matt at BlackFive for his thoughts on Hanoi Jane.

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