Jane Fonda: “I Have Never Done Anything to Hurt My Country”

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


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Last Saturday, actress-turned-fitness guru Jane Fonda was to appear on the shopping TV network QVC to peddle her new lifestyle book Prime Time, until the channel suddenly canceled her appearance. In response, Fonda wrote an angry opinion piece for the showbiz website “The Wrap,” explaining that “The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing me for my opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show.” (QVC issued a statement that answered Fonda’s comments only by noting that such scheduling changes happen often and unexpectedly on the network).

Fonda was “deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well funded and organized political extremist groups.” Perhaps the actress in Fonda can’t resist the melodramatic wording, but a threatened boycott on the part of some QVC viewers does not constitute “insane pressure.” Threats of murder and mayhem from Islamists against Comedy Central’s South Park creators, yes; a boycott against a prominent actress always able to command a megaphone, no. Surely such a successful anti-war activist as Ms. Fonda was in one of her previous lives understands that a boycott is a perfectly fair and reasonable form of protest. It’s curious that she is so irked by one, since she boasts 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.” If boycotts have no effect on her success, then why the outrage? Perhaps it has less to do with book sales and more to do with what she dismisses as “far right lies.”

She doesn’t name these “well funded and organized political extremist groups” or provide evidence that a concerted effort was behind the phone calls to QVC. Labeling her complainants as “far right” and “extremist” is an attempt to marginalize them. Her suggestion is that she was “astroturfed,” in Nancy Pelosi’s term, by moneyed, extremist organizations, rather than by individual citizens expressing genuine disapproval of Fonda for what many consider to be a traitorous past.

“Bottom line,” Fonda continues, “this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT! 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.” Since she doesn’t specify what lies she’s referring to, it’s difficult to refute her claim that none of them is true – which is precisely why she is purposefully vague about them. So let’s recapitulate her own lie instead– that she has “never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us.”

As is well-known (though Fonda would prefer not to be judged for it), in the early ‘70s the privileged Hollywood star Jane Fonda preached communism to college students and was a rabid anti-military and anti-war activist, calling the Vietnam War “U.S. imperialism” and “white man’s racist aggression.” In the summer of ’72, while the war still raged, the actress traveled to North Vietnam and played the part of their puppet with Oscar-winning commitment. She posed grinning with our enemy for pictures on an anti-aircraft gun that had been used to shoot down American planes. She volunteered to carry out radio propaganda from Hanoi, telling American pilots that they were war criminals and urging the South Vietnamese soldiers to desert. And, arguably most reprehensibly, she met with tortured American POWs in another scripted propaganda performance, lectured them about carrying out genocide against the Vietnamese, and returned to tell the world that these guests of the Hanoi Hilton were being well-treated and they regretted their warmongering. (The book Aid and Comfort details her shocking lies and actions and how they helped undermine us in the war effort, and it marshals the evidence for indicting Fonda for treason.)

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  • http://www.boycottscotland.com Edward

    Boycott any enterprise JF is involved with.

    I also boycott anything with sean penn, vanessa regrave, michael moore, danny glover, mel gibson, barbara streisand, joe kennedy, harry belafonte, al sharpton, CAIR.

    • Questions

      Wait a minute. Mel's OK. His movies are great and he knows his comments about Jews were wrong.

  • mlcblog

    You know, I am really sad because I thought she was a beautiful and talented actress and then she came to this. Very sad.

  • kafir4life

    Maybe QVC is the Queen of Viet Cong?

  • Amused

    I'm still waiting for an apology from LBJ , Westmorland ,and McNamara ….oooops they;re dead . and so are 50.000 in their graves and 1.5 million wearing their wounds .
    "steadfast and loyal "
    4th Inf. Div.
    Pleiku ,SVN

  • Kendrick1

    Sorry, Jane!

    "The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."

    Omar Khayyam

  • Amused

    Hows about " how many times must I forgive my brother ? A. " 77 times 7" . Or -"any man who says he loves me , and hates his brother , that man is a liar " ……but enough of poetry and verse , is there anyone here who actually knows what they're talking about , and is ready to call McNamara a traitor for the phony Gulf of Tonkin incident , and what ensued due to that LIE ? How many lives did that cost ?? Well he DID confess , in his 80's , and even I forgave the S.O.B

  • Choi

    She is almost as synonomous with TREASON as .Benedict Arnold.
    She even OFFERED to be Hanoi Hannah's Evil win,ie,Jane Fonda WANTED to be the Tokyo Rose of Vietnam.

  • BILL

    JANE FONDA IS A USLESS PIECE OF EXCREMENT. SHE IS A PAMPERED DAUGHTER OF A 6 TIME MARRIED FATHER WITH LIMITED ACTING ABILITY
    AND NO SERIOUS EDUCATION ! SHE IS A NOTHING EXCEPT A TRAITOR
    TO AMERICA. SHE IS TOO DUMB TO EVEN UNDERSTAND THAT. ONLY
    PEOPLE THAT ARE CONVINCED THE WORLD IS FLAT MIGHT WANT TO
    BUY HER BOOK
    WJH

  • Ozzy

    Janie needs to hock her wares in the slave state she and her democrat friends like Susan and Billie helped create.

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  • Maggie

    Dear Jane, history speaks for itself. Perhaps you are becoming senile if you do not remember the things said and done by you to our country. You are just damn lucky you were a person of privilege and, therefore, were not tried and executed for treason. There is nothing you have to sale that I will waste my money on. In your delusional arrogance, what makes you think QVC should not listen to the voices of their constituents.? After all, Paula Deen was kicked to the curb for far less than treason!